América Invertida (Inverted America)
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The following is an inverted map of the southern cone of South America.
"I have called this 'The School of the South' because in reality, our north is the south. There must not be north for us, except in opposition to our south. Therefore we now turn the map upside down, and then we have a true idea of our position, and not as the rest of the world wishes. The point of America, from now on, forever, insistently points to the South, our north." - Joaquín Torres-García
“With the southern cone turned upside down, one sees the map of South America in an entirely new way. The map communicates important details like the cardinal direction of the South, the latitude line of Montevideo, and the equatorial line. Rather than show the equator at the center of the hemisphere, as is usually the case, Torres-García instead places Uruguay in this privileged position. Other symbols like the sun, boat and fish seem relatively straightforward, however for Torres-García they also communicated greater meaning.” - Dr. Maya Jiménez
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