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Note from the Guest Editor
Note from the Guest Editor

Winter 2017 | ArteZine

“When I was young, there was a gas station next to our house. From time to time, especially during holidays, my father would bring food to the station workers. One of the employees wore a shirt with the inscription ‘Africa,’ illustrated by a map. One day I asked my Dad ‘what is Africa?’ He told […]

A Visit to the Bin Jelmood House in Doha
A Visit to the Bin Jelmood House in Doha

Winter 2017 | ArteZine

The suffering integral to the state of slavery can be difficult for most people to contemplate, either because owning other people seems too alien or distant to command immediate attention, or because modern contractual enslavement is so prevalent that we struggle to comprehend the nature and extent of our own complicity in it. Thus, while […]

Riding the Bus with Rosa in Morocco
Riding the Bus with Rosa in Morocco

Winter 2017 | ArteZine

Deserts fascinate me—they have for the longest while, particularly the Sahara. Perhaps, it’s the idea of the existence of life amidst so much aridity and desiccation, or the co-existence of desert and oasis, two states held in tension by an inherent opposition, which mutually heightens their individual essences: the desert becoming more desert because of […]

Nowhere Is a Place
Nowhere Is a Place

Winter 2017 | ArteZine

  “[T]o write is, of course, to travel.” Iain Chambers Art is the other of power. It represents the incessant reluctance to conclude and accept the present state of affairs: it is a refusal. The present always engages the past where histories of that past are as potent when they are repressed as when they […]

Who No Go No Know
Who No Go No Know

Winter 2017 | ArteZine

That late afternoon in a restaurant, a woman sat facing me. I’ll like you to keep in mind, as a necessary preface to this account, the loneliness that occasionally overwhelmed me towards the end of my stay in Rabat. Contrary to what I hear from people who encounter loneliness in a foreign country, for me […]

Basma Alsharif: Under the Influence
Basma Alsharif: Under the Influence

Winter 2017 | Gallery

“On a day as any other day, all of our memories would become significant only in retrospect, our first memory was marked by the day setting off to start with the worst of all evils.”—We Began by Measuring Distance (2009)  I read while standing in front of We Began by Measuring Distance, a video work […]

Note from the Guest Editor
Note from the Guest Editor

Fall 2016 | ArteZine

In the summer of 2015, Mansur Aziz sent a text by Vilém Flusser, titled Betrayal, to a group of artists and activists. We were developing a series of lectures and interventions on representation at a youth camp. The series was another iteration of a project whose first round was centered on media practice and its […]

Notes from Jerusalem Show VIII: Before and After Origins
Notes from Jerusalem Show VIII: Before and After Origins

Fall 2016 | Gallery

For its eighth edition, the Jerusalem Show responds to the theme of Return with the two-part exhibition Before and After Origins. Works from over thirty artists and cultural heritage collections are presented across five venues in the New Gate neighborhood of Jerusalem’s old city, including Jerusalem Show commissioning institution the Al Ma’mal Foundation. The project takes […]

Agents of Impossibility: Translation Amid Political and Economic Shifts
Agents of Impossibility: Translation Amid Political and Economic Shifts

Fall 2016 | ArteZine

 Translated from Arabic by Lina Attalah Much translation is dependent on its economic context, but also on the political situation from which it emerges. In Egypt, there has been a renewed interest in knowledge production since the 2011 revolution, but also a sinking economy. New possibilities, but also new limits, are being felt out. In […]

Publication as Betrayal
Publication as Betrayal

Fall 2016 | ArteZine

“The impulse to create begins – often terribly and fearfully – in a tunnel of silence. Every real poem is the breaking of an existing silence.” – Adrienne Rich In ancient times, language followed a peculiar rule combining contraries. One word could have two opposite meanings;  “strong” could mean powerful or weak. Also, two opposing […]

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