Rebecca Ramos is a cartographer
of memory. Geography, for Ramos, is laced with history,
with memory, and it is her work that allows us to mindfully
navigate through this terrain. Although extremely personal,
mapping Ramos's own complex heritage, she, nevertheless, leaves
room for us, as her maps take us through familiar sites.
She covers vast territory, she takes us from the Trinity
test site to Hiroshima, and back again. Through a personal
journey of discovery, interrogating the very fabric of
her being, Ramos illustrates where she has been: push-pins
on a map of the world, and psychological markers that compose
her very identity.
While Ramos is a cartographer,
she is also an anthropologist. She catalogues the cultural
proclivities associated with a particular place. She
sets out to record, to reconcile living knowledge with that which
has slipped into the nebulous void of forgotten history. Impressions
in the geography of a place are given a narrative, Ramos
reconstructs the history of territory; scars in the landscape
correspond to human presence and history. The violence
that we direct towards one another leaves its trace,
a crater, a fissure in the landscape; Ramos, as cartographer
and anthropologist chronicles our human geography.