November 25, 2020

Capucine Gros Exhibits ‘Implicit Borders: A Cartography of Free Will’

“I’ve always been quite obsessed with maps,” says artist Capucine Gros on a sunny afternoon from Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she was putting the finishing touches on her solo show “Implicit Borders: A Cartography of Free Will.” Gros grew up between Switzerland, France and China before landing in New York, where she currently resides. “Traveling always feels like putting pieces of a puzzle together and also just the concept of nationality itself,” she continues, speaking with a hard-to-place accent. “Not really knowing where you’re from exactly, and wondering, well, why are we so constrained by these lines? They are necessary, but how much importance do we let them have in our lives?’”
She explores the concept of borders — emotional and physical — through much of her work. “Borderline,” hanging on one wall of the intimate gallery, is a stitched world map outlining natural borders in thick thread and man-made borders in thin ones, including those which are contested. “It’s thinking about how abstractly we divide the earth,” Gros explains of the piece’s origin. “I can give the striking example of Antarctica. It slides between countries, literally, so there is a piece that Australia

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