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‘A Close and Unbreachable Distance’: Witnessing Everything and Nothing

Harker, CG; (2007) ‘A Close and Unbreachable Distance’: Witnessing Everything and Nothing. An International Journal for Critical Geographies , 6 (1) pp. 51-72. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper began life as my attempt to bear witness to untitled part 1: everything and nothing, a videotape made by Vancouver based artist Jayce Salloum. However, in doing (or attempting to do) this, I found myself bearing witness to a great deal more. Because in approaching Salloum’s tape, I couldn’t help but encounter Soha Bechara, the ostensible ‘subject’ of the piece. And meeting Soha also meant coming across Lebanon, albeit an always-already partial version. Working my way through these entanglements, I dwell on intimacy as a form of relating, and the proliferation of subjectivities that everything and nothing enacts. And in recounting the intricate spatial formation that developed as a result of this process, I also want to argue that enactments of witnessing are both inherently geographical and affectively charged.

Type: Article
Title: ‘A Close and Unbreachable Distance’: Witnessing Everything and Nothing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/articl...
Language: English
Additional information: Authors agree to publish their articles in ACME under the Creative Commons "Attribution/Non-Commercial/No Derivative Works" Canada licence
Keywords: Jayce Salloum, Soha Bechara, Lebanon, intimacy, subjectivity, spatial, witnessing, Arabic culture
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041594
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