Although Sortor began this work in 2015, I equate the antiquated google map program to our current political situation. The pixelated-mapping image expands/recedes with the red arrow appearing periodically to indicate, “you are here”. It is impossible for the viewer to “see” the location, rendering the map non-functional. This abstract non-space functions as a smoke screen to cloud our vision. To further politicize the work, Sortor incorporates audio of Hispanic laborers working and talking in the background and an LED feed of Supreme Court Rulings regarding interstate travel; both leave us with a feeling that freedom has become more elusive.
~ Colette Copeland
images courtesy of Carolyn Sortor and Ben Britt