A Human Atlas

For this project, we are interested in creating an archive of scars and their stories in order to investigate the allegorical relationship between bodies and national borders.

The project, titled “A Human Atlas”, is a collaborative work with participants from the Middle East that attempts to engage a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The project is composed of two elements – text and images – that will evolve into a conceptual artwork. The starting point of the project is a collection of ‘scar stories’ in the form of a handwritten text and photographs in order to create an archive of scars from which the artwork will develop.

The idea for this projects stems from Addam’s fascination with the symbolic parallels between belonging and frontiers, mending and reclamation, trauma and nostalgia.

By creating such analogies between political situations and emotional conditions, there is an attempt to perceive the political process and dialogue as an emotional mechanism, therefore making it a process that can be understood and participated in intuitively and not solely intellectually.

Press on Participation to read about specific details regarding the text’s content and format and the photograph.

If you’d like information in Arabic and/or Hebrew please feel free to contact us at studio@thisislimbo.com

Below you will information and instructions for your submission and participation in this project.

In order to submit please refer to the page “Sign Up”.

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1) For this project we are searching for people who have ‘linear’ scars. The definition of linear is ambiguous, but generally we are referring to scars that form a line. If you have questions regarding this please contact us – studio@thisislimbo.com

2) Each participant is asked to write their ‘scar story’ in a hand-written form in your native language; no longer than one page long.

3) A scar-story could be anything from ‘how I feel’ about having a scar, to ‘how did I get the scar’. Below you will find guiding questions for your scar story subject. These “questions” are provided merely for your inspiration. You are not obligated to answer these questions specifically or in a direct manner, though it would be appreciated if you could touch on these notions or related concepts. Please don’t begin your text by saying “Yes” or “No” to any specific question.

4) The Guiding Questions are simply topics and ideas we would be interested to hear about, but feel free to touch on different thoughts and reflections regarding the scar. Please do not write a poem or an essay responding the questions.

5) To sign the letter, you can choose to use your real name, a pen name or leave your text anonymous. Any way that you find fitting to sign the letter is legitimate.

6) After you have finished writing your letter, please refer to our “Sign Up” page and submit a photo of your letter and a photo of your scar. The photo is just a demonstration of your scar, don’t worry about the photographs artistic value – though the scar must be clearly visible and the photograph taken in good lighting.

7) Shortly after your submission we will contact you. If you are able to arrive at our studio in Tel Aviv we will schedule a meeting in order to photograph your scar. If you are residing outside of Israel we will be in contact regarding photograph specification.

8) We will keep you updated regarding the progression of the project, and appreciate your willingness to share your story and be a part of this project.

Guiding questions:
– How was the scar/wound created?
– How long did it take for the wound to heal?
– Did you have to take care of the wound/scar?
– Was someone else involved in the creation of wound/scar?
– If so, what is your relationship with that person?
– What is your memory on how the scar was created?
– How would you describe the scar to someone who hasn’t/isn’t able to see it?
– What does the scar feel like when you trace it with your fingers and with your eyes closed?
– Does the scar remind you of anything (in an aesthetic/visual manner)?
– Has your perception of/relationship with the scar changed over time, metaphorically or otherwise?
– Which memories or anecdotes come to mind regarding the scar or how the scar was created?
– Is there any nostalgia connected to how the wound/scar was created?
– Is there any degree of regret involved with how the scar/wound was created?

If you have specific questions regarding this, we’d be happy to explain it all via email: