An overview of our content from back issues:
Issue 4 challenges the very existence of winter - being Out of Place means that the seasons are Out of Style. We explore creation and the philosophy of life through Sacred Geometry and we think about the paradoxes of that weird little word - tourism. Enjoy leafing through on a hot & happy day!
I never thought I’d find the perfect meal. It was something I knew existed, because I had read about it, heard others gush over it, and seen people allegedly experience it on TV. But, for whatever reason, I just didn’t think I’d ever find it.
[wherever] interviews elSeed, world-renowned street artist about feeling “out of place” and asks if selling high-value art in galleries has changed his work. Francesca Borri, a war reporter in Syria reflects on her time in Aleppo under siege. In a photo essay “Tourist Terrorism” from Ethiopia, Monne Tuinhout explores how tourists impact the environment and people they are visiting. Also, in contrast with the usual parachute guides to Marfa, [wherever] presents one written by a long-time resident about the surrounding areas, revealing a little bit more than we’re used to reading about the fashionable town in the Texan desert. Ann Gaul explores the women on Moroccan postcards in “Mediating Morocco.” Sarah Tanburn accompanies her mother to India, where she was the colonial governor’s daughter. finally, and Ahmad Diab pens a guide on “how to go from stateless to settler in four not to easy steps.”
A glance at any collection of postcards practically anywhere in the country offers at least a handful of different images of women stacked alongside photos of camels, archways in old medinas, and piles of spices.
Christopher Wallace visits Rome with his father and they eat their way through the eternal city. Thalia Dergham reflects on her love for Istanbul. Sousan Hammad publishes her letters from a place with no mailboxes. Porochista Khakpour looks back at a "Smileless" time in New York City. Kurt Hollander explores the possibility that bacteria rule...everything, and Andrea Lee, CEO of Uri Tours, explores shifting style trends in Pyongyang. Ahmad Diab translates an excerpt from the Diwan of Imam al-Shaf'i. For fun, we put together a feature on footwear and its somewhat disjunctive relationship to both place and movement.
“How to write about [wherever],” a tongue in cheek piece about travel writing opens issue zero. Ahmad Diab pens “Conflicting Changes”, an essay about writing a New Yorker. Rosie Garthwaite follows Hudson, a migrant worker living in Doha home to Sri Lanka for his annual vacation and subsequently writes a guide to Doha and Colombo based on the trip. Iain Bamforth “In Transit” mediates on time, travel and mobility. Suchitra Vijayan explores the Maha Kumbh Mela through cartography: a city constructed to host a ritual bathing for millions of people in the ganges. A half-Libyan writer pieces herself back together through her ancestry despite geographic distance and Dr Gabrielle Francis, a naturopath practicing in New York, contributes a travelogue composed from her travels through India focused on spirituality and healing. Victor Locuratolo contributes three [wherever] inspired illustrations steeped in his architectural practice.
The first words ever exchanged about me were about my pronounced eyebrows, dark and unusual to my first audience: my Vancouverite mother, a Swiss doctor, some nurses, and my mother’s friend (my father was on his way to a conference in Japan, and found out about my birth in an airport in Australia).
Trusty Wikipedia says that ‘nomads’ are “communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location”. This definition automatically evoked images in my head of gypsies, traveling in caravans across the country.