Introducing Project: Beyond Concrete
"This project connects literature and architecture through a focus on the everyday spaces of Gaza, Palestine. When we encounter the word ‘Gaza’, it is often in the context of conflict, terror, and other forms of direct material violence. However, it is also a social space: a home, a place of the mundane, of laughter and of boredom, of family, food and culture".
We would like to draw your attention to the insightful interviews with:
Basma Ghalayini, editor of Palestine +100 (Manchester: Comma Press, 2019) - "speaks about everyday space in the Strip in relation to her experience editing the anthology, touching on science fiction, storytelling, dystopia and more".
Ahmed Masoud, author of Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda (Rimal, 2015) and Come What May (Victorina, 2022) - "covers topics from the meaning of ‘home’ to everyday life amidst Gaza’s ‘concrete box’ architecture"
Nayrouz Qarmout, author of The Sea Cloak (Comma Press, 2018) "features a range of stories about life in Gaza narrated from the perspective of women and young girls".