The Indo-Pacific Atlas is a large-scale photographic and sound installation that tells the story of five cities within the Indo-Pacific region (Beirut, Cape Town, Medellin, Doha and Valparaiso). Created by architects Urtzi Grau and Cristina Goberna Pesudo, the atlas is a 10-metre long collage made up of more than 4000 photographs and overlaid by a four-channel sound piece. Along with a series of research publications, it explores the role of architecture in creating regional coherence, and draws links between architecture and the media, capital flow, gentrification and post-traumatic conditions that define the Indo-Pacific region.
The work was a response to the Australia Government’s 2013 Indo-Pacific Strategic Arc white paper, which announced the creation of the Indo-Pacific as a new region. Spanning the west coast of South America all the way to the east coast of Africa, the Indo-Pacific encompassing two-thirds of the world, with Australia at its centre.