Present Cartographers is a collective made up of Sylvia Arthur (UK), Lois Klassen (Canada), and Daisy Quezada (US), who first met in the US southwest during 2016. As a collective, they use situated and practice-based approaches to forward art and writing as culturally disruptive. Taking inspiration in part from radical geography, they seek out cultural geographies which reflect resistance to dominant political frameworks and oppressions. They understand that (in the words of Rosi Braidotti) “not one single strategy of resistance is possible.” Present Cartographers is on that ground search. Present Cartographers first publication, Terreno: Borderland Linguistics, is a starting point towards a wider consideration of art and writing that has emerged, and continues to emerge, in the midst of the crisis of borders and territorial claims – locally, nationally, and internationally.
Present Cartographers acknowledges the support of The Fulcrum Fund, a program of 516 ARTS and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which has provided funding for Terreno. In addition, the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) has provided in-kind support in the form of lodging, studio space, professional feedback, encouragement, collegial support, and friendship. The Art Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) also generously supported the Terreno launch. Much gratitude goes to Rufino Medrano, student designer from the Bachelor of Fine Arts Communication Design program at SFUAD.