Letters Against Separation

October 27, 2020 00:16:45

Furqat Palvan-Zade, Nikita Yingqian Cai, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Carol Yinghua Lu, Keti Chukhrov, and Kasia Wolinska read excerpts from their Letters Against Separation correspondence. The letters were published in series on e-flux conversations as the Covid-19 pandemic spread around the world. Other contributors included Claire Fontaine in ItalyBahar Noorizadeh in LondonHanmin Kim in SeoulOxana Timofeeva in rural Russia, and Pelin Tan on an Island.

The idea for the project was initiated by Hito Steyerl and developed by e-flux conversations editor Mike Andrews. The following announcement concluded the project:

Dear friends,

Our correspondence project “Letters against Separation,” hosted on e-flux conversations, was launched as the Covid-19 pandemic forced most of the world to retreat into isolation. The aim was to have writers from different parts of the globe, who were facing different phases and manifestations of the pandemic, reflect on what was going on around them, in the hope of creating connections amidst the new conditions of separation. From places like Guangzhou and Tashkent, Mexico City and Moscow, our writers have posted a series of open letters describing the acute anxieties and unexpected delights of self-isolation, the structural injustices revealed by the pandemic, and the slow, fraught return to something resembling “normal” life. We hope these letters have brought some measure of relief from your own extended confinement—or at least some distraction from the constant nagging of your dog wanting to play (…)


Excerpts in this episode from:
Furqat Palvan-Zade in Tashkent—August 17, 2020
Nikita Yingqian Cai in Guangzhou—July 6
Irmgard Emmelhainz in Mexico City—June 18
Liu Ding, Liu Qingshuo, and Carol Yinghua Lu as a family in Beijing—June 7
Keti Chukhrov in Moscow—May 1
Kasia Wolinska in Berlin—April 13


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