“All beginning in water, all ending in water. Turquoise, aquamarine, deep green, deep blue, ink blue, navy, blue-black cerulean water……Water is the first thing in my memory. The sea sounded like a thousand secrets, all whispered at the same time.”
Dionne Brand, A Map To The Door of No Return
Confluence, in the many senses of the word - the coming and flowing together, the convergence of streams, of different cultures and people, a welcoming point of this research - of water’s disposition for depth, complexities and boundless fluidity to reflect around harbours and trade, legacies of colonial administrations of the waters, memory, indigenous water cultures and to activate our civic imagination and oceanic imaginary.
Confluence is currently hosted by the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow and LE18 Morocco, consisting of
Strand 1: The Residency Programme
Strand 2: The Research Programme
to facilitate dialogue and sustain trans-local, multidisciplinary research on water cultures and heritage, political ecologies, environmental injustices and struggles between the Middle East, North Africa and the United Kingdom.
The programme is curated by Alaya Ang (CCA Glasgow), Francesca Masoero & Shayma Nader (QANAT) and is supported by the International Collaboration Grant from the British Council.