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APIARY 9: Sanctuary

by APIARY Staff

After a buzzing February Valentines Day contest, we're back for APIARY 9: Sanctuary. This is bound to be our most exciting, challenging, and beautiful issue yet. 

In 2014 Philadelphia was declared a Sanctuary City. This new status offers an official promise that individuals who have fled their country due to foreign conflict, racial or religious persecution, political alliances or opinions, can find safe haven in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s controversial status as a Sanctuary City has asked us to rethink the physical, economic, social, and spiritual boundaries that map our city’s current identity. For APIARY 8, we asked Philly artists to explore what it means to live as a target in your own city, under threat. For APIARY 9, we want to hear about your sanctuary: the one space where a targeted body is sheltered from attack, without exception. Where is that space for you in Philadelphia? Does it exist yet? If not, what should it look like?

Sanctuary can be a brick and mortar institution, a spot on the map, a shifting group of people, a community, or a shared ritual. Sanctuary is also a space of contradiction and tension: it is a place of unconditional safe harbor, but by design, that refuge must be granted by a guard or gatekeeper who works to keep the sanctuary “safe.” This city’s borders are drawn as hard lines on a map or black-and-white items of legislation, but in reality, our city’s border is like a membrane. It is as porous and alive as the borders of our own bodies, and we are the ones who accept or reject who passes through that membrane, which new bodies are allowed to thrive in our city’s shared space. What makes a true sanctuary, and how does Philly fulfill or fail its status as a Sanctuary City? How can we, as the citizens who shape Philadelphia's identity, help our city live up to this claim?

To learn how to submit to our Sanctuary issue, visit our submissions page at APIARYMAGAZINE.COM/SUBMIT. We can't wait to witness your work. 

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