This timely publication brings together a multiplicity of voices and formats to think through some of the most pressing debates around material heritage and museums today. What does it mean to build museums without collections, away from nation-states? What might the testimony of objects and artefacts tell us? How will the dispersal of power and artefacts from Western encyclopaedic museums generate new forms of relationships and entangled histories?
The publication includes commissioned essays, interviews, and visual contributions from artists and writers currently exploring the terrain of material heritage, colonial heritage, reparation and museology. It gives room to speculation and imagination in dealing with these histories. The publication stems from and expands on conversations that took place through the group exhibition ‘Phantom Limb’ at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, 2019.
Edited by: Nora Razian
Foreword by: Antonia Carver
Contributions by: Pio Abad, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Rand Abdul Jabbar, Nora Al-Badri, Anahi Alviso-Marino, Noah Angell, Ariella Aisha Azoulay, Haytham El Wardany, Faustin Linyekula, Omar Berrada, Jumana Manna, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Marian Pastor Roces, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Uzma Z. Rizvi, Alya Sebti, Dima Srouji, Akram Zaatari.
About the Publisher
Art Jameel is an organisation that supports artists and creative communities. Current initiatives include running heritage institutes and restoration programmes, plus a broad range of arts and educational initiatives for all ages. The organisation’s programmes foster the role of the arts in building open, connected communities; at a time of flux and dramatic societal shifts, this role is understood as more crucial than ever.
Kaph Books is a publishing house based in Beirut, Lebanon, specialized in quality art books – photography, fine arts – on Middle-Eastern artists or art practices
Each book is unique, created in collaboration with the artist and the contributors, with high technical and design quality
Our mission is to promote the talent of artists from the region – whether they gained international recognition or are still emerging