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Mirror Sydney Maps by Vanessa Berry

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Mascot Library

2 Hatfield Street

Mascot, NSW 2020

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Come and explore Sydney through the eyes of writer and artist Vanessa Berry. In conjunction with her author talk at Rockdale Library, we will be holding an exhibition of her hand drawn maps at Mascot Library & George Hanna Memorial Museum.

In her delicately wrought essays and maps, Vanessa Berry describes her encounters with unusual, forgotten or abandoned places in the city in which she was born and raised, using their details to open up repositories of significance, and to create an alternative city, a ‘Mirror Sydney’, illuminated by memory and imagination. She writes at a time when Sydney is being disassembled and rebuilt at an alarming rate. Her determined observation of the over-looked and the odd, the hidden and the enigmatic – precisely those details whose existence is most threatened by development – is an act of preservation in its own right, a testament to what she calls ‘the radical potential of taking notice’.

Berry’s work combines a low-fi DIY approach with an awareness of the tradition of philosophical urban investigation. Her unique style of map illustration was developed through the making of zines and artworks, collaging detailed line drawings with text from typewriters and Letraset.

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