This publication accompanies a group exhibition held at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia from April to September 2013.
'Safar/Voyage features a selection of recent artwork by artists from Iran, Turkey and a range of Arab countries. The groundbreaking text, illustrated with more than fifty colour photographs, archival images and a map of the region, explores themes of migration, dislocation, and changing identities—addressing the impact of war and revolution on individuals, communities and culture in this highly contested region of the world.
Echoing the title, the internationally acclaimed curator Fereshteh Daftari constructs a journey through the work of the eighteen artists featured in the book. Political geographer Derek Gregory questions the West’s assumptions about the Middle East by asking “Middle of what? East of where?” Offering a counterpoint to Western travellers exoticizing the Middle East, historian Naghmeh Sohrabi examines the experiences of nineteenth-century travellers from the Middle East to the West. Canadian Lebanese artist Jayce Salloum offers a visual essay that responds to the themes of voyage and dislocation.
The artwork featured in Safar/Voyage includes photography, installation art, a carpet, a wall mural, painting, and sculpture.' - from book flap.
With artist statements and biographies.