Most people are not defined by a singular place. Where you were born, where your family is from, where you used to live, and where you currently live can vastly differ. Despite this, we are frequently asked for an overly simplified answer regarding locational identity, misrepresenting or negating those with more complex identities such as multi-nationals, immigrants, and diaspora.
Self Cities is a workshop series aimed at challenging this oversimplification through mapmaking, collage and fictional cities. During the workshops participants combine their formative locations to create alternative personal geographies that are not limited to geographic reality and existing labels.
This workshop series is ongoing. If you would like to participate in future events or find out more information about the project, follow @selfcities on Instagram. If you would like to host a workshop either virtually or in person, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To showcase the maps created in the workshops thus far, I designed a printed map. This map is the first of an ongoing series, as each individual workshop will continue to be documented in a similar manner. Because of this, the map is designed in a way that it could be collected as a series in a binder.
In addition to the printed map, I designed and coded a website, which utilizes an interface similar to Google Maps, and other commonly used digital maps. The maps can be viewed as a large group or individually. Users can pan and zoom to navigate and explore each map.