How to Reappear · Through the quivering leaves of independent publishingBeirut Art Center

With projects by

98editions · Adib El Shabab · Al Amaneh Series · Ali Eyal · Ali Taptik · Barakunan · Bernhard Cella · Bon-gah · Bouchra Khalili · Dar Al Fata Al Arabi · Display Distribute · Fehras Publishing Practices · Flint Magazine · Ginane Makki Bacho · Golrokh Nafisi · Hala Bizri · Hussein Nassereddine · Jabbour El-Douaihy · Jaffat El Aqlam · Jana Traboulsi · Moad Musbahi · Mohamed Rabei · Mohamed Melehi Design Studio 1985–1965 · Mohssin Harraki · Mothanna Hussein · Nazir Ismail · Neda Firfova · Omar Zakaria · Plane (Mario D’Souza with Pallavi Paul and Sahil Naik) · Raafat Majzoub · Sacha Abou Khalil · Shubigi Rao · Simone Fattal, The Post-Apollo Press · Sonallah Ibrahim · Tatawor · The State · Yadawia · YAY-POP · Zahia Rahmani/INHA · Zamân Books & Curating · Zigg

What is deemed publishable shapes our cultural landscape, but only partially reflects it. From the margins, independent publishing initiatives tend to the dismissed or underrepresented, those that are denied the public space of publication or desire it on different terms.
Beyond artist books, artists have taken on publishing as an artistic practice – thinking of publishing as a way of production, unsettling role divisions, and breaking down the lines between authorship and publishing.

The works in this exhibition share a rich variety of historical and contemporary reflections on the languages and formats marginalized in the dominant publishing industry – the snubbed genres, the outlawed subjects, the troubling subjectivities, the excessive languages, the minimal, the unprofitable, and the unfathomable.

How to Reappear brings questions on power, access, and right to publish to the fore and explores the efforts to reclaim the agency to publish, focusing on publications that maneuver around restrictive publishing regimes.


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