Narrator: We are looking at Reena Saini Kallat ‘s Woven Chronicle from 2011. It has a sound component—take a moment and listen.
With Woven Chronicle we're not just looking at a map of the world, we're looking at migratory paths, lines of movement, lines of movement that are fundamentally difficult and politically charged.
We think of the border as defining or tracing the edges of territories and sovereignties and nations, but the world and its histories are comprised of migratory movements. In the case of this project, though, each line of movement is akin to a barbed wire, and we could imagine that the movements of individuals throughout the world are continuous and dangerous at the same time.
Woven within the map itself are a number of speakers. They suggest a movement of goods, of animals and humans, of which we are all part. And what Reena Kallat's moving work illustrates is that we could redraw the map of the world based on these migratory movements.