ABOUT

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“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 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. Upcoming editions will explore cities across North Africa, Europe, South Asia and West Asia. The series will focus on unraveling the potential of the frontier city through engaged voices in attempt to go beyond limited popular representation and restrictive media depictions. These frontiers remain integral to our understanding of cultural and urban history, present and future.


 

MASTHEAD

Dora Bouhara, Publisher
Emma Mattei, Founding Editor
Jon Banthorpe, Publication Design 
Sharmeen Inayat, Art 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 SalemHuda Abi Fares Jalal Abuthina, Mouloud Achour, Riad Agsous, Diya Ajit, Chawki Amari, Andrew Alamango, Maartje Alders, Austyn Allison, Ahmed Amin, Anoushka Anand, Geoffrey Aquilina RossKurt Arrigo, Brita ÅsbrinklBelkacem BabaciMohamed BadrSandra BanthorpeJohan Barrett, Françoise BeauguionRebecka Bebben AnderssonEliot BeerSandra BeijerMohamed El Amine BenaliAsma BenazzouzRedouane Bendali, Robert BesharaChris BianchiElise Billiard, Alan BishopEdward BlomBruno BlumCarl Jacob BohlinKatarina BohlinLuisa BonelloLinda BouadmaWalid BouchouchiBruno BoudjelalAmina BoumazzaAssia BoundaouiMattias BäcklinOscar CarlsonPaul Castle, Stephen Citrone, Hicham Chadly, Marwan Chahine, Augusto Comé, Magali Corouge, Dan CrockettJimmy CroonaDana DajaniJoe DalyMekki Damerdji, Tara Darby, Bernadette Deddens, Joe Delvin, Louise Dib + Riad Hamed Abdelouahab, Alice DietschKjell DoktorowFrank Dullaghan, Jane EggintonGustav Elliot, Hussein El Shafie, Laura El-TantawyTove Eriksen Hillblom, Wael EskandarReem Falaknaz, Norah FarahatAndrew Farrand, Tamer FathyAmeziane FerhaniRobert Ferry, Tom FordyceMattias Forshage, Stuart FreedmanTove FreiijBalazs GardiLamya GargashLiam GauciNina Gerada, Dalila Ghodbane, Joshua de Giorgio, Tariq GoddardMats GothnierAndrew GowAlisa GrifoJulian GrechSalah Guemriche, Peter GuenzelGordon GuillaumierViktor GårdsäterNadir Hammou, Ithamar Handelmann Smith, Monica Hanna, François d’ HautefeuilleAlexander Havelda, Ahmed HegabElla Henderson, Danielle Hewitt, Michael HoldenDenise HollowayNicolas Holmström, Sam HuntleyBettina HutschekAziza IqbalJamal Iqbal, Marwan Imam, Layla IskanderAgri Ismail, Sven KarngårdBasma Djemila Khalfa, Will KitsonHolly KnowlesWioletta KulewskaLafi L MoustacheKristin LarssonAnne Laurella, Michael LevyLotta LewenhauptBillie LindahlInka LindergårdEmelie Lindgren, Mirjam Linschooten + Sameer FarooqDanna LorchNawal LouerradLindsay MackenzieZineb A.MaïcheLayla MaghribiHarry MaltJames Manduca, Gabriel Luis MangaMark MangionBasile MookherjeeSacha MaricMagda Marnel, Sian Martin, Amah-Rose Mcknight-Abrams, Neil McquillianAmina Menia, Rael MeyerowitzHind Mezaina, Pascal MoraLinda Moulai, Ebada Naguib, Xenia NikolskayaJohan Nilsson, Virginie Nguyen Hoang, Erik Nordlander, Gillian O’Brian, Catherine OrmerodBeya OthmaniJosefin Palmgren, Nicholas de PiroDavid PisaniRichard Allenby PrattSusanna Prieto ÖsterbergFiona PattersonPaul Quant, Alastair Rae, Karim Rahman, Mariam SaadeldinLyes SalemEdward SaidNour-eddine SaoudiJuan SarquisLudwig Schmitz, Liz SeabrookMustapha SellaliYasmina Sellam Benlemalem, Rosaline Shahnavaz, Cyrus Sharad, Nicholas Simick AreseSimon SkuteliHannah SmithMathea Solheim, Olivia Sterling, Christopher StocksKarin StrömJenny SöderbergNick TaboneAli TaheriMärta ThisnerTomas TjajkovskiAmelia TroubridgeTom Van Malderen, Steph Von Reiswitz, Ali Tollervey, Jørn TomterKamil Tyebally, Johnny UtleyTherese Vandling, May Van MillingenPeter VassalloRaphael VassalloAlex Vella GeraStephanie von ReiswitzFranziska von StenglinSlavko VukanovicRobert Wade, Maja WadinEmma Winter, Hands Yalnizoglu + Iason AthanasiadisIsrael YoungJohn ZadaNick Zajicek, Joanna ZawadzkaRewa Zeinati, Tereza ZelenkovaHalim Zenati