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Mapping America

To outsiders, the US – particularly around election time – can seem like a pretty clear-cut country of diametric opposites. Obama vs Romney, Democrat vs Republican, blue vs red.

1980 electoral map

Source: Sarah Williams

1980 electoral map

In reality, of course, the US is a vastly nuanced and diverse country, and in an effort to explain some of its complexities, London’s KK Outlet is hosting an exhibition of infographics that attempt to tell some of America’s stories.

2008 electoral map

Source: Sarah Williams

2008 electoral map

The show features infographics commissioned from MIT, Harvard and the New York Times, as well as consultancies across the US and Europe.

Racial make-up of the USA

Source: Eric Fisher

Racial make-up of the USA

The works attempt to answer questions such as: who is actually voting in the election? What are their concerns? And how do issues such as race, the economy, employment and education come into it?

Racial make-up of Los Angeles

Source: Eric Fisher

Racial make-up of Los Angeles

Sadly the one thing it seems they can’t tell us is who is likely to win the election.

Political breakdown of the Occupy Wall Street movement

Source: MGMT

Political breakdown of the Occupy Wall Street movement

Mapping America as at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London N1, from 6-24 November.

MGMT

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