2009 – 2011
The tile compositions generated through impact, which in a way continue the formal investigation of the qualities of tile begun by Kadyrova in Shots, Fractures, acquire an obvious social subtext in the project Maps. The artist fills the cracks in the tile with paint of various colors, borrowing this method from the builders’ practice of grouting ceramic tiles. This domestic renovation procedure becomes an artistic gesture through which the tile surfaces covered with countless colored lines begin to remind one of various maps of imaginary cities, where subway lines, intersections, water supply systems and interweaving streets form a complex urban web. To continue the metaphor of destruction arising from the process of creating the works, the city on the tile maps looks like the impact of civilization on a once homogeneous territory.
In one of the visual iterations of this topographical project, Kadyrova engages in ironically replanning North American cities, with their logical grid structure, into European megalopolises, radially superimposed around a historic center. The series Replanning, made for a gallery in Miami, is based on actual maps of this Florida city. The artist closely follows the contour of fragments of Miami’s waterfront zone, filling part of the land with white tile. After blows to the tile, the precise grid of Miami’s avenues and streets loses its geometric regularity and begins to resemble possible European prototypes of North American settlements.