The next issue of EastEast will be called (no) borders and centered around borders as a primary theme: real and imaginary, cultural and geographical. In October, we announced an open call: we asked artists and researchers from around the world to submit their ideas for future materials related to the topic.
The finalists of the competition were Asli Uludag, Yiannis Christidis, and Vanessa Grossman and Ciro Miguel. We will publish the winners' texts on the website starting from February next year.
Turning to the concept of slow violence, Asli Uludag will look at the impact of geothermal energy on olive and fig trees in the Buyuk Menderes Graben in Turkey. Yiannis Christidis will conduct an ethnographic study of the sounds of everyday life that unite the Greek- and Turkish- speaking populations of the divided island in the center of Nicosia, Cyprus. Vanessa Grossman and Ciro Miguel will prepare material on the emu birds and other wildlife that support the ecosystem in Brazil in close collaboration with local architecture.
We will publish the texts and visuals from the rest of the finalists in other sections of our website and on our social networks. These include the work of: Bella Radenovic, Sara Naim, Yelena Zhelezov, Monishankar Prasad, Natalia Andrianova, Makar Tereshin, Azad Asifovich, and Arina Atik.
We would like to thank all the participants of the open call for their contributions.