Antonio José Guzman (Courtesy of Antonio José Guzman)

Piertopolis is an ambitious installation by Dutch-Panamanian visual artist Antonio José Guzman. Inspired by his international family tree, Guzman infuses the themes of DNA, migration and gravity into his multimedia creations.

Noting that piers have DNA-like shapes and facilitate migration, Guzman has taken photos of piers in locations around the world that can be linked to his diverse genetic origins, from Latin America to West Africa to the Norwegian polar circle and beyond.  

Piertopolis spans the physical, photographic and digital realms. You can see an interactive map of its geography at or enjoy the photographs Sunday, April 15, at Rush Arts' Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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