The notion of coming back presumes that we have gone forward somehow. It implies looking from a distance. This distance may be physical, temporal, cultural, emotional or imagined. What are the reasons that drive us to look back: nostalgia, melancholia, loss or dissatisfaction with the present? Can we revisit unknown places, or can we only revisit where we once belonged? And what happens when the physical place is no longer there?
There is an impulse to reconstruct the past, to understand the journey. What is the meaning and purpose of revisiting in relation to a virtual context, as opposed to a real, physical one?
We can never look at the same place, event, photo or text in exactly the same way. Every time we will bring, consciously or unconsciously, something new to our reading. Every time is an attempt to reconstruct or deconstruct the original. To visit derives from the latin word visitare (‘go to see’) and this in turn from visare (‘to view’) and videre (‘to see’). To re-visit is then to look back, or again, to re-encounter, connecting the present with the past, to build a whole from the fragments, suggesting narratives, filling the gaps.
What are the objects and images that we take on our journey, and which are the ones left behind? What is our relationship with these objects that constantly invite us to revisit some long lost place or to lose ourselves in an imaginary landscape, beyond our scale and time, an echo of home or perhaps a romanticised idea of a utopian ‘unknown’?
The section on re-visiting invites words and images that revolve around notions of displacement, longing, repetition, the meaning of home, the fragment, the archive, individual and collective notions of native and foreignness, of departure and arrival.
Format: please send your submissions (which can consist of or include photographs, drawings, etc; if text, max 1000 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 31st of August.