Over the past 150 years, Beirut has witnessed a cycle of unbridled growth, war, economic and social crises, and migratory movements. It is in this territory – ceaselessly destroyed and rebuilt, broken and regenerated – that Gregory Buchakjian has undertaken an artistic project and a research devoted to abandoned dwellings. The project constitutes a survey of 744 buildings, a collection of archives and testimonies, and a photographic series.
About the Authors
Gregory Buchakjian (b. 1971) is an art historian and visual interdisciplinary artist, Université Paris IV Sorbonne PhD, director of the School of Visual Arts at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts – Alba.
Valérie Cachard is a novelist. She teaches at the Université Saint-Joseph and the Académie libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA), where she leads writing and theatre workshops. She received the Francophone Young Writer Award and the Etel Adnan Award for Women Playwrights. She completed a writing residency at the Théâtre du Tarmac in 2010.
About the Publishers
Founded in 2015 with the mission of promoting the talent of artists from the region, Kaph Books is a publishing house based in Beirut, Lebanon, and specialising in quality art books on Middle-Eastern artists or art practices. Each book is unique, created in collaboration with the artists and contributors with high technical and design quality.