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Zone of Absolute Discomfort
‘The icy hinterland is wretched to live in, but just hospitable enough to allow for the extraction of billions of tons of resources trapped beneath the ground.’
A Sparrow Fallen
‘a sparrow fallen; / blackness of pain shimmering / hard in soft white light’
Olympic Drift: making way for the Games
‘Walking around the perimeter of the Olympic site has become an act of remembrance.’
‘There is of course an absurdity to these censored images since their overt, bold and graphic nature only draws attention to the very sites that are meant to be hidden.’
Pakistani truck art
‘Truck artists transform village rickshaws, city buses and commercial trucks into a procession of moving colour.’
Mordros: The Sound of the Sea
Kurt Jackson is an environmentalist, ecologist and one of Britain’s leading artists.
For Granta 102, Paul Farley and Niall Griffiths returned to Netherley, on Liverpool’s north-eastern rim and the fringes of rural Lancashire, and to what remains of the housing estate where they grew up.
‘Charles Jones took beautiful photographs of vegetables, fruit and flowers.’
‘Die Hel is a remote valley in the Swartburg Mountains of the south-western Cape.’
Bucharest, 26 December 1989
Léonard Freed's photographs of Bucharest on 26 December 1989, in Granta 31: The General.
The Structure of Things Here
‘In our structures we South Africans tend to declare ourselves quite nakedly, sometimes eloquently, and rarely with dissimulation.’
Kwangju and After
‘Some people said they were not ‘with’ the students. They were not in favour of the use of arms. But they were of one voice in saying that the students were their sons, and that if the army came in the students would be put to death. That was why they kept saying: “Tell the truth about us.”’