ABOUT

 

“It is not down on any map; true places never are.”
Herman Melville

UNCOMMON is a book project about place. With its conception on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo in 2010, Uncommon has since traveled across Stockholm, London, Cairo and Dubai. Texts, photographs, maps, routes, insights and itineraries combine to reveal the codes and constructs of a place, to celebrate and revere the peculiar and the everyday.

UNCOMMON seeks to communicate the multiplicity in the voice of a city. Each edition is devoid of bias and agenda, but rather focused on joy, sorrow, migration, return, metamorphosis and redemption. It is a medium for the complex and distinct social, economic and aesthetic identities. Established local and international writers, photographers and artists weave in with emerging talents and voices. It is an attempt to redefine the boundaries of community.

In 2016 UNCOMMON explores cities across North Africa, South Asia and West Asia and their urban and social contexts. The series will focus on unraveling the potential of the frontier city and its complexity through internal voices beyond limited popular representation and restrictive media depictions. These frontiers, some while not current transit hubs or recognised tourist destinations, remain integral to our understanding of cultural and urban history.

 

MASTHEAD

Dora Bouhara, Publisher
Emma Mattei, Founding Editor
Jon Banthorpe, Design
Sharmeen Syed, Creative Director
Chloé Roubert, Associate Editor

COMMISSIONING EDITORS

Arezki Mellal & Mira Gacem, Alger
Michael Fordham, London
Heba Habib & Isabelle Mayault, Cairo 
Hind Shoufani, Dubai
Erik Nordlander, Stockholm
Emma Mattei & Jon Banthorpe, Malta + Gozo

CONTRIBUTORS

Amina Abdel Halim

Hajer Abdul Salem
Huda Abi Fares
Jalal Abuthina
Mouloud Achour
Riad Agsous
Diya Ajit
Chawki Amari
Andrew Alamango

Maartje Alders

Austyn Allison

Ahmed Amin

Anoushka Anand
Geoffrey Aquilina Ross
Kurt Arrigo

Brita Åsbrinkl
Belkacem Babaci
Mohamed Badr
Sandra Banthorpe
Johan Barrett

Françoise Beauguion
Rebecka Bebben Andersson
Eliot Beer
Sandra Beijer
Mohamed El Amine Benali
Asma Benazzouz
Redouane Bendali

Robert Beshara
Chris Bianchi
Elise Billiard

Alan Bishop
Edward Blom
Bruno Blum
Carl Jacob Bohlin
Katarina Bohlin
Luisa Bonello
Linda Bouadma
Walid Bouchouchi
Bruno Boudjelal
Amina Boumazza
Assia Boundaoui
Mattias Bäcklin
Oscar Carlson
Paul Castle

Stephen Citrone

Hicham Chadly

Marwan Chahine

Augusto Comé

Magali Corouge

Dan Crockett
Jimmy Croona
Dana Dajani
Joe Daly
Mekki Damerdji

Tara Darby

Bernadette Deddens

Joe Delvin

Louise Dib + Riad Hamed Abdelouahab

Alice Dietsch
Kjell Doktorow
Frank Dullaghan

Jane Egginton
Gustav Elliot

Hussein El Shafie

Laura El-Tantawy
Tove Eriksen Hillblom

Wael Eskandar
Reem Falaknaz

Norah Farahat
Andrew Farrand

Tamer Fathy
Ameziane Ferhani
Robert Ferry

Tom Fordyce
Mattias Forshage

Stuart Freedman
Tove Freiij
Balazs Gardi
Lamya Gargash
Liam Gauci
Nina Gerada

Dalila Ghodbane

Joshua de Giorgio

Tariq Goddard
Mats Gothnier
Andrew Gow
Alisa Grifo
Julian Grech
Salah Guemriche

Peter Guenzel
Gordon Guillaumier
Viktor Gårdsäter
Nadir Hammou

Ithamar Handelmann Smith

Monica Hanna

François d’ Hautefeuille
Alexander Havelda

Ahmed Hegab
Ella Henderson

Danielle Hewitt

Michael Holden
Denise Holloway
Nicolas Holmström

Sam Huntley
Bettina Hutschek
Aziza Iqbal
Jamal Iqbal

Marwan Imam

Layla Iskander
Agri Ismail

Sven Karngård
Basma Djemila Khalfa

Will Kitson
Holly Knowles
Wioletta Kulewska
Lafi
L Moustache
Kristin Larsson
Anne Laurella

Michael Levy
Lotta Lewenhaupt
Billie Lindahl
Inka Lindergård
Emelie Lindgren

Mirjam Linschooten + Sameer Farooq
Danna Lorch
Nawal Louerrad
Lindsay Mackenzie
Zineb A.Maïche
Layla Maghribi
Harry Malt
James Manduca

Gabriel Luis Manga
Mark Mangion
Basile Mookherjee
Sacha Maric
Magda Marnel

Sian Martin

Amah-Rose Mcknight-Abrams

Neil Mcquillian
Amina Menia

Rael Meyerowitz
Hind Mezaina

Pascal Mora
Linda Moulai

Ebada Naguib

Xenia Nikolskaya
Johan Nilsson

Virginie Nguyen Hoang

Erik Nordlander

Gillian O’Brian

Catherine Ormerod
Beya Othmani
Josefin Palmgren

Nicholas de Piro
David Pisani
Richard Allenby Pratt
Susanna Prieto Österberg
Fiona Patterson
Paul Quant

Alastair Rae

Karim Rahman

Mariam Saadeldin
Lyes Salem
Edward Said
Nour-eddine Saoudi
Juan Sarquis
Ludwig Schmitz

Liz Seabrook
Mustapha Sellali
Yasmina Sellam Benlemalem

Rosaline Shahnavaz

Cyrus Sharad

Nicholas Simick Arese
Simon Skuteli
Hannah Smith
Mathea Solheim

Olivia Sterling

Christopher Stocks
Karin Ström
Jenny Söderberg
Nick Tabone
Ali Taheri
Märta Thisner
Tomas Tjajkovski
Amelia Troubridge
Tom Van Malderen

Steph Von Reiswitz

Ali Tollervey

Jørn Tomter
Kamil Tyebally

Johnny Utley
Therese Vandling

May Van Millingen
Peter Vassallo
Raphael Vassallo
Alex Vella Gera
Stephanie von Reiswitz
Franziska von Stenglin
Slavko Vukanovic
Robert Wade

Maja Wadin
Emma Winter

Hands Yalnizoglu + Iason Athanasiadis
Israel Young
John Zada
Nick Zajicek

Joanna Zawadzka
Rewa Zeinati

Tereza Zelenkova
Halim Zenati