Rasheed Araeen. A Retrospective, installation view, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2019 (courtesy of Alexey Narodizkiy)
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. In recent years, in the post-capitalist economy, ‘sanctuary’ has been imagined as a reserve of beauty, peace, and harmony (i.e., a resort, retreat), re-emerging as a point of reference in the environmentalist discourse. And in media studies, ‘information bubbles’ created on social media have also been linked to the idea of sanctuary.