This book features text by the artist, as well as an extended essay from art critic and curator Octavio Zaya, and conversations between the artist and three of his former subjects: Iranian photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat, Egyptian painter Ghada Amer and Egyptian actress Faten Hamama.
About the Artist
Youssef Nabil was born in Cairo in 1972 and has lived and worked in Paris and New York since 2002. The leading contemporary artist is known for his hand-coloured silver gelatin photographs, with work that oscillates between a personal photographic journal and portraits. He has photographed many international stars, including Sting, Isabella Rossellini, Paolo Coelho, Louise Bourgeois, Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve and Robert Wilson. Since 2003, he has produced a number of self-portraits that reflect his dislocated life away from Egypt in settings linked to his childhood or his travels.
About the Contributor
Octavio Zaya is a writer, curator, editor and Director of Atlántica: Journal of Art and Thought, published by the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, He is also Curator at Large for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MUSAC) of Castilla y León. About the Publisher Based in Berlin, Germany, and established in 1945, Hatje Cantz is one of the leading publishing houses for art, photography, design and architecture books with a focus on contemporary art.