Torn, Folded, Curled is a working term used at the Arab Image Foundation to categorise heavily damaged photographs that require special care in storage and preservation. It is also the title for a project started with photographic research at the Foundation followed by a publishing residency at PlanBEY that resulted in photobookworks and an exhibition in Beyrut (Makan, 2015).
In this session I shared how I developed three photobookworks Bayroumi, Super-Private and Today from the Arab Image Foundation photography collections and went on to publish them with Beirut based publisher PlanBey. I shared my way of being in a collections environment, how to research, how to collaborate, to get both powerful images and relevant text for great bookworks.
Further info here:
Torn, Folded, Curled: Orphan Photographs Sourced From the Arab Image Foundation
(Crafting an Archaeology of the Recent Past, One Photobookwork at a Time).
The Archive: Visual Culture In The Middle East Symposium.
(Publishing as an Intellectual Design Platform: Lebanon)
Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design
Department of Art & Design symposium.
Organised by Yasmine Nachabe Taan and Melissa Plourde Khoury.
LAU Byblos campus, April 5, 2019