A Street Apart: Essaouira, Morocco 2018 © Jillian Edelstein
We’re building a virtual Cabinet of Remedies and we’re offering you the opportunity to share your writing with our community. Through your work, you can help shape this important archive for the future.
Since we’ve been in lockdown, we’ve found much solace in Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s book, Art as Therapy. They talk about how art can connect us to our inner worlds and unique needs, identifying a number of psychological frailties to which art can be an antidote. Within this framework, we are asking artists to respond to the current situation. We are using this artwork as the foundation of a dialogue between visual art and the written word.
How to Participate
Create a piece of flash fiction using A Street Apart: Essaouira, Morocco 2018 © Jillian Edelstein as the prompt.
- Maximum 100 words, excluding the title
- One challenge: You must use the sentence “A street apart”.
- You are welcome to share up to five pieces
- Submit as an attachment to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- (Optional) include your social media handles and/or link to your website
- Deadline – 18:00 (BST) Tuesday 23rd June 2020
- A selection will be published on our website over the next few weeks
It’s an odd time and I have been rooting around my archives and I came up with the idea of making little movies of my ongoing Affinities series (Creative Collaborators – people who met through and because of work) – looking at togetherness/collaboration in a time of separateness. Although this image of Essaouira is not part of the Affinities series, it immediately spoke to me of social distancing because of the appearance of these negatives side by side. The alleyway feels desolate and there seems to be a disconnect between the figures and the urban setting. This reminds me of the atmosphere of lockdown, which feels furtive, as if we have to scurry through our normally safe, familiar and habitual landscapes.
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