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CREATIVE MAPPING | Seven artists shine a light on the culture of their city.

The creative industries play a central role within our cities, holding a mirror to society and revealing the influences that shape our identity – something increasingly important during tumultuous times. Charting how these urban landscapes differ from continent to continent, It’s Nice That asked artists from seven cities from Moscow to Melbourne and Beirut to Baltimore to give a snapshot of their own creative scenes. The chosen artists offered a unique translation of their own cities through the work that they and their peers create.

Illustrator George Wylesol highlights the hard working and resilient people of Baltimore in his recommendations as well as the high-profile exhibitions that have put Baltimore on the map. Moscow creative Katya Dhorokina praises the rise of comic-book culture in her home city while Melbourne graphic designer Darren Oorloff attributes his city’s completely unique artistic output to its geographic remoteness. Each of the artists outlines exactly what the art coming out of each of their cities says about their people and politics, providing a visual commentary for the aesthetically inclined.