‘A Close and Unbreachable Distance’: Witnessing Everything and Nothing


  • Christopher Harker Department of Geography, University of British Columbia


Jayce Salloum, Soha Bechara, Lebanon, intimacy, subjectivity, spatial, witnessing, Arabic culture


This paper began life as my attempt to bear witness to untitled part 1: everything and nothing, a videotape made by Vancouver based artist Jayce Salloum. However, in doing (or attempting to do) this, I found myself bearing witness to a great deal more. Because in approaching Salloum’s tape, I couldn’t help but encounter Soha Bechara, the ostensible ‘subject’ of the piece. And meeting Soha also meant coming across Lebanon, albeit an always-already partial version. Working my way through these entanglements, I dwell on intimacy as a form of relating, and the proliferation of subjectivities that everything and nothing enacts. And in recounting the intricate spatial formation that developed as a result of this process, I also want to argue that enactments of witnessing are both inherently geographical and affectively charged.


How to Cite

Harker, C. (2015). ‘A Close and Unbreachable Distance’: Witnessing Everything and Nothing. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 6(1), 51–72. Retrieved from https://acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/765