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Failed States is a publishing project that collates and investigates ideas around place, or more specifically: indeterminate geographies. As a continually evolving mode of research — in its oblique approach to geography, openness to possibility and curiosity as to what discrete responses might collectively reveal — Failed States is endeavouring to imagine, occupy and furnish another kind of space. Their third issue is themed ‘refuge’ and features the following contributors:
- Photographs by Moath Alofi documenting remote, abandoned and makeshift mosques in Saudi Arabia.
- An essay in words, photographs and ephemera by Felix Bazalgette on disparate lives in a village near Heathrow.
- An erotic prose poem by Alex Bennett Paul Clinton considering the problem of queer ethics.
- Gareth Evans on the Armenian genocide, diaspora and absence.
- Britt Hill on the squats providing sanctuary for refugees in Athens.
- Every Ocean Hughes on changing her name Stills from the Jasleen Kaur video installation I Keep Telling Them These Stories.
- A short story by William Kherbek from the graveyard shift at ILoveItCafe.
- A speculative tale by Joanne McNeil.
- A selection from the Sabelo Mlangeni series Country Girls depicting queer life in rural South Africa.
- New work by Prem Sahib documenting a derelict sauna prior to its demolition.
- New work from a project by Sam Williams made at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
- A selection of drawings by Lucy Atherton, Todd Bura, Colter Jacobsen and Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings.
- A very personal archive from the editors, recounting life in the early 2000s in San Francisco, a ‘city of refuge’, comprising photographic work by Jamie Atherton and an essay by Jeremy Atherton Lin originally published in Index magazine in 2003.
- The debut of our first regular column, in which Bryony Quinn examines the etymology of the issue’s theme.
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