Until May 6, 2021, the digital exhibition Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception, organised by the Leventhal Map & Education Center of the Boston Public Library, will be accessible.
The exhibition examines the many ways in which maps and data can "bend the lines", distort reality. It starts from the fact that maps generate the illusion of showing the world as it is. But maps and data visualisations do not communicate totally objective truths, they always lack some perspective or approach related to their production. They are social objects whose meaning and power are related to the written and symbolic language they use and whose authority is determined by the institutions involved and the contexts in which they circulate.