Index of Edges: Watery stories and archives

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Index of Edges draws on the vast global worlds of encounter along east African coastal cities to draw deep historical knowledge of living with and along watery edges. This project gathers sites and stories which collectively point to coastal pasts and futures through joyful, dangerous, abundant, and difficult encounters. Index of Edges has 3 -parts: a visual index based on 16th – 19th century maps of the coast; Watery Archives with archival film footage from 1897 – 1941; and Watery Stories which includes research, stories and songs from 16 contributors from along the east African coast.

Watery Stories:
Curated, edited and directed by Huda Tayob, with production and editorial support from Andri Burnett and contributions by Aaniyah Martin with Sarah Martin, Traci Kwaai and Joanne Peers; Alia Mossallam with Mimi Al Ashry, Ibrahim al-Morsi and the Tanboura Band of Port Said; Andariya; Asmaa Jama; Caroline Ngorobi with Suleiman Bakari, Omar Said and Omar Ali; Dhaqan Collective; Dominique Somda; Halima Ali; Khadija Abdalla Bajaber; Maria Gabriela Carrilho Aragão; Margarida Waco; Muhammad Taariq Husain Abdullatif; Nada Atieg; Nothando Nolwazi Lunga; Shiraz Bayjoo; Toni Giselle Stuart.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputBiennale Architettura 2023 (18th Venice International Architecture Exhibition)
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Coastal architecture
  • African architecture
  • Architectural and urban theory


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