Many people are to be thanked who helped and advised in various ways, more than can be mentioned hear, along with those who wished to remain anonymous. Their contributions have vastly improved the whole project whilst the remaining errors or omissions are of course my own.

As always the first to thank are the artists, who’s time and dedication begins with their own work and practice, let alone their attention to the contributions for the catalogue, website, texts, installation and interviews:

Mohamed Abdulla, Abdellatif Abdul-Hamid, Anthony Abou Khalife, Mania Akbari, Akram Al Ashqar, Yasmeen Al Awadi, Mounira Al Solh, Rowan Alfaqih, Doa Aly, Omar Amiralay, Ayreen Anastas, Ziad Antar & Rasha Salti, Oreet Ashery, Mireille & Fabian Astore, Maja Bajevic, Tim Blake, Lisa K Blatt, Ali Cherri, Hassan Choubassi, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Tarek Al Ghoussein & Chris Kienke, Sagi Groner, Roza El-Hassan, Hala Elkoussy, Shady El Noshokaty, Shadi Habib Allah, Khaled Hafez, Mohammed Hammed, Susan Hefuna, Hilda Hiary, Mahmoud Hojeij, The Infinity Project, Hisham Jaber, Lamia Joreige, Annemarie Jacir & Nassin Amaouche, Emily Jacir, Ahmed Khaled, Nesrine Khodr, Khorso Khosravi, Nedim Kufi, Leigh Matthewman, Avi Mograbi, Rabih Mroué, Vesna Milicevic, Enas Muthafar, Diane Nerwen, Nada Prlja, Khalil Rabah, Ayman Ramadan, Khaled Ramadan, Mario Rizzi, Paul Ryan, Jackie Salloum, Lina Saneh, Larissa Sansour, Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir, Wael Shawky, Sadegh Tirafkan, Milica Tomic & Branimir Stojanovic, Vladimir Tomic, Jalal Toufic, Sharif Waked, Rachel Wilberforce, Akram Zaatari and Sameh Zoabi.

Yasmeen Al Awadi and Darius Fattahi-Meibodi for their significant and continuous support as well as Rasha Salti, Andrée Sfeir-Semler, Mona Attassi, Dr. A. R. Sami Azzar, Helia Darabi and Reza Ismailnia for their contributions.

Co-editor of the catalogue and the website Paul Ryan. Olivia Snaije for her support. The design team Roel Wouters, Luna Maurer & Jonathan Puckey, who once again gave so much.

Stuart Comer and his colleagues from Tate Modern. John-Paul Pryor from Dazed Gallery and all at Dazed & Confused.

Brian Clivaz and The Arts Club for their much appreciated continuing generosity.

Not least William Wells and all at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; Christine Tohme and Ashkal Alwan team, Beirut and Livia Alexander and ArteEast, New York. They all gave generously of their time, contacts, experience and knowledge enabling traveling to the regions and meetings with many of the artists.

All sponsors and supporters, without whom projects like this could never happen:

Arts Council England, Henry Moore Foundation, Visiting Arts, British Council, Karim Rida Said Foundation, C3imaging & VET.

Predrag Pajdic
London, May 2007