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‘Seeking Sanctuary’: Call for Submissions for Issue 05 and Other News

The Garage Journal, em 22/07/2021.
‘Seeking Sanctuary’: Call for Submissions for Issue 05 and Other News

Photo: Rasheed Araeen. A Retrospective, installation view, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2019 (courtesy of Alexey Narodizkiy)

Dear all,

This summer newsletter of The Garage Journal is dedicated to:
  • the call for submissions for Issue 05 ‘Seeking Sanctuary,’
  • the opportunity to apply for a grant of The Garage Journal for early career and independent researchers, and
  • the recipients of the grant program’s second round.

We are also happy to let you know that on September 24-25, 2021, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and The Garage Journal are going to hold in Moscow a conference entitled ‘Utopias of (Non)Knowledge: The Museum as a Research Hub.’ The program of the event will be published on the journal’s website in due course. In the meantime, you can already plan your schedule in order to be able to join the conference’s participants online or offline.

Finally, we are kindly reminding you that Issue 02, entitled ‘After Crises: Art, Museums, and New Socialities,’ is available on The Garage Journal’s website. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do so!

The Garage Journal’s Editors



Meaning a sacred or holy place, and a place of refuge or safety, the concept of sanctuary has roots in Abrahamic and other religions. It conveys the idea of hospitality toward strangers and the provision of protection for fugitives. ‘Sanctuary’ is a condition of ambivalence and hybridity insofar as, when in a sanctuary, the subject becomes aware of their own exclusion, albeit gaining safety and protection. It is also a temporal exclusion—or an interruption—since the subject is cognizant of their in-between status vis-à-vis the law, tradition, and everyday practice. In postcolonial discourse, the subject should reclaim and re-gain visibility, agency, and power; however, ongoing ghettoization of subjectivities continues to be evident. Hybridity becomes a strategy for self-determination, and ambivalence secures privacy and collaboration. Therefore, enactments of sanctuary supply acts of citizenship to irregularized subjects, which is why contributors to the issue should be critically concerned with structural (in)justices.

For more information on the planned issue, please visit our website. Proposals for contributions are due on September 15, 2021.


Early career and independent researchers who would like to participate in Issue 05 or another issue of The Garage Journal are encouraged to apply for one of the journal's grants. Research papers submitted for a grant must be written in one of the three working languages used in the journal: English, German, or Russian. The grant provides 50,000 rubles (or the equivalent in euros at the current exchange rate).

The deadline for the third round of applications is September 30, 2021. Please find detailed information in the Grant Program Regulations.


We are pleased to announce the recipients of the second round of The Garage Journal's grant program. They are
  • Margherita Foresti (doctoral candidate, University of Münster, Germany), who applied with an article entitled ‘Metamorphoses. The Place of Moving Images,’ and
  • Miriam Leimer (freelance art historian, doctoral candidate, University of Hamburg, Germany), whose article is dedicated to ‘“Berlin Sees Bizarre Russian Art Show”: The Press Coverage of the Erste Russische Kunstausstellung (1922) and the Perception of Russia's Non-Objective Art.’
The articles by Foresti and Leimer are planned to be published in one of The Garage Journal’s future issues. Congratulations to the winners!