The dense and layered sociocultural fabric of West Oakland – a fascinating mix of the sub/urban, industrial, and historic – has faded from public recollection yet retains a character that persists despite the dispossession the neighborhood has endured for decades.
In the resource rich jungles of Myanmar’s Kachin State, young Kachin students living in internally displaced people’s camps, traumatized by a sixty-year war, are exorcising their psychological demons and preserving their culture through painting and poetry.
In the wake of the 2010 Yushu earthquake, celebrated Indonesian artist, Arahmaiani, spent ten years working with Buddhist monks on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau to cultivate sustainable rebuilding projects and amplify the voices of women in Tibetan civil discourse.
During the early 1990s, when cod stocks in Western Newfoundland were on the brink of extinction, a moratorium on fishing caused the “largest mass layoff in Canadian history” and threatened the cultural fabric of coastal communities reliant on the ocean for their livelihoods.
In the inaccessible borderlands of Badakhshan, Tajikistan, the M41 or “Heroin Highway” serves as the primary trafficking route for opium and heroin smuggled out of Afghanistan on its way to Russia and Europe, leaving a trail of uneven development and outward migration.
For most people in La Mosquitia, the far eastern coast of Honduras, there are only two forms of gainful employment – lobster fishing and drug trafficking. 90% of the cocaine that ends up in the United States passes through this isolated and neglected corner of the world.