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First leap: three weeks back.
Spread out before us on a table are over 30 texts and photographs from Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America. To get here, we climb five flights of a narrow, wooden spiral staircase in an old apartment in Istanbul. Why are we even in this city?Read More
On our first night and day together, the project team convening again after months of painstakingly chasing writers and photographers in order to put together the international sequel to the original anthology, Agam.
We are doing a first pass over submissions from Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Latin America. The initial reading even now haunts all our conversations and makes our hearts hum with grace and trepidation.
Rehana came from Cape Town, Alexandra from Cali, and Padma from Pasay. Feisty and boisterous these women, lovely writers deciphering clues and signs that will bind the submitted stories and allow them to sing.
Istanbul could not have been more appropriate for the task they have chosen to converse and wrestle with. Borders, edges, coasts: This is our setting and what comes to mind in this city is not just hüzün, fado, kundiman, Viennese melancholy, the duduk and the sehenai, but also sunshine and moonshine—companions that will guide the difficult enterprise of giving birth to a new anthology that will face uncertainty squarely, with honesty, and maybe, just maybe, offer durable hope.
Before we broke up for lunch, we reminded ourselves of our mission by listening to a recording of the poet Marjorie Evasco reading in Cebuano her poem Farol de Combate, which she read again in English. Our feet firmly on the ground, yet gliding, we carry on.Read More
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It’s been a busy month for the Agam team.
We started by streamlining our social media brand to reflect the growing recognition of the bigger role that Agam wants to play in sparking conversations about climate change through our focus on art and stories. Hence, we are now known as Agam Agenda to signify how the project has grown from its humble beginnings in 2014 when the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) released the award-winning book, Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change.Read More