>>>> PARTICIPATION CALLOUT
Slums, refugee camps, gendered spaces, disputed borders, emerging states, landscapes of displacement, militarized zones, unofficial maps, and public art interventions are among many violent reconfigurations of landscapes in the Middle East. We are seeking photo essays and short texts that record, document and reflect on the recent destruction and construction of new landscapes and environments in the Middle East since the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. As political, cultural, social and demographic changes are shifting people’s relation to the landscape in many Arabic speaking countries, we invite writers, academics, artists and photographers to act as witnesses to these transformations and reflect on how we can cope with the memory of place when geographies have been remade through war.
Landscape is a vigorous agent in people’s lives. It is what enables them to form meaningful constructions of self in relation to their surroundings. But fragile and precarious nation states are sites for continuous oppression, violence and imperial wars. Processes of corruption, neocolonialism and global capitalism in the Middle East have created the conditions that force people to continuously reconfigure, re-navigate and reorient themselves to landscapes they previously identified with.
We highly encourage contributions that counter hegemonic national narratives and offer subversive relationships to the land. We warmly encourage contributions from marginalized communities and people living in the shadows of the state. Our territorial focus is people who reside within Arab speaking countries, but is not limited to those who identify as Arabs. This project will be actualized in English and Arabic, and as such Arabic submissions are most welcome.
>>>> SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
For photo essay contributions: One to 12 photos. Please include a title, an introduction and a caption for each photo. You are welcome to contribute a text submission along with your photo essay.
For text based contributions: We are asking for testimonies that document the process of witnessing the changing landscapes in the Middle East. The word count must be between 1,000 - 2,500 words.