Feminist map explores notable people who lived and worked in London. The project consists of a typographic map of central London, and two books; which show a close-up of the map, the biographical details of the women in that area, and the development of the project.

F MAP: HERSTORY LONDON

This project is a three-year-long journey that combines my professional development and personal interests. In this result feminist thought and narrative overlap with a spatial story. My main intention was to question the representation of historical discourses and their urban reflections.

F Map covers the area of Central London in a period of time (approximately between mid-18th and early 20th centuries). The map emphasises personalities and activities rather than feminist events. The latter are in the 'exformation' level.

The project’s system – names in the streets – allows for the reorganisation and expansion of the map. Currently, the names are placed according to the location in which the person has been, or lived. However, this map is not completely precise, as it represents the idea rather than exact places.

The idea for the F Map comes from my previous project London City Guide Sabotage: Herstory in the Margins, in which I began to explore the feminist story of London. By creating city guides in the margins of second-hand-books, my aim was to sabotage a publication and allow the new content to be discovered when there was no such intention. While developing the Margins I became more familiar with urban narratives and, especially, with a feminist approach to the discourse of the built space.

Another important stage for the F Map creative process was the research and development of my dissertation, where I explored space and architecture from a gender perspective. This work provided a theoretical background for the creative approach of building a map as a spatial representation.


F Map London, 841 x 594 mm 


Map detail 


Map detail 


A close-up book 


 


 


 


 


 


Project development book