Cameron Granger: The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Heaven
Cameron Granger (b. 1993, Cleveland, OH; lives and works in Columbus, OH) is an artist and filmmaker whose works offer poignant meditations on Black history and culture, highlighting not only the systems of racial inequity that target and police Blackness, but the communities that continue to thrive, persist, and, most importantly, demonstrate love. As a Black man raised by his mother and grandmother in Ohio, Granger often uses his home state as a backdrop in his works, centering its local communities. His installation The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Heaven features the Near East Side of Columbus, Ohio, focusing on the site’s history of Black migration and urban development. By juxtaposing a collection of found archival materials with his own personal recordings and texts, Granger weaves stories that complicate accepted interpretations of the past and present.
The exhibition title alludes to Kei Miller’s collection of poetry, which investigates what happens when one system of knowledge brushes up against and challenges another. In Miller’s writing, a cartographer, whose understanding of place, territory, and history is based around scientific methods of mapmaking, is forced to reevaluate his perception of the world as he attempts to map a path to a utopian city of freedom. In his work, Granger contests the perceptions of place that have led to redlining, gentrification, policing, and other public policies that disproportionately target Black people. By documenting his friends and family, his work presents the spirit of love and hope that manifests within his community.
Curator: Stephanie Kang
Cameron Granger, The Line, 2021. Color video with sound, 6 min 50 sec. Courtesy of the artist
Contemporary Arts Center: Kaplan Lobby
44 E Sixth St
Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 345-8400
Free to the Public