Mehelle is a new project from Ajam Media Collective dedicated to preserving the sights, sounds, and memories of rapidly-changing neighborhoods in Central Asia, Iran, and the Caucasus. Utilizing digital mapping, 360 degree video, and conventional photography, Mehelle will serve as a resource for local inhabitants, community organizers, and urban researchers long after such neighborhoods have been demolished, gentrified, or transformed by private and state-led construction projects.
"Where does the Mehelle get its stuff from?"
You. Simple as that. You send us individual or collections of photographs, documents, or other artifacts, and we work with you to organize, curate, and publish them. You can even publish anonymously.
"What kind of submissions does Mehelle accept?"
Honestly, almost anything.
Stories and Personal Testimonies – recollections of your time in a neighborhood, memories of a particular place, etc. Family Treasures – letters, journals, official documents like marriage contracts, birth and death certificates.Travel Memorabilia – tickets, postcards, photo albums, video reels.Schools and Education – report cards, honors and awards, school notebooks, class pictures.Business Documents – contracts, business cards, other items.Religious Life – recordings, prayer materials.Printed Papers – posters, pamphlets, magazines.
"Why the Ajam Mehelle Project?"
Ajam has been covering urban space and transformation for as long as we've been on the net. Now, we figure we can try something new -- to build a space that encourages the interaction between scholars and locals in the production of knowledge about material culture, memory, and urban space.
"I want to contribute."
Great. Let’s get to it. Fill out this form, and then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your own photographs of the items. We'll send you an email with instructions on how to move forward. We might want to see and photograph your submissions in person, which is why we ask for your current location.