Kitab Al Hawamesh (The Book of Margins) كتاب الهوامش

2017 ٢٠١٧

Kitab Al Hawamesh, originally commissioned by the Beirut-based cultural art center Dar El Nimr in the context of its exhibition Midad, takes the form of a complimentary mass-produced book of 1000 copies 30 of which at a time stand on a bookshelf on the museum wall. Its content is driven by a research into the artefacts of the Rami Nimr collection, namely manuscripts, printed books and scribal objects, as well as through a research on the literature of manuscript practices.

At its core, this project intends to explore and reveal the incredible richness of the book as an artistic object in the Arab region through a historical investigation. It explores the materiality of the manuscript, challenges the authority of center and periphery, and animates this tension through narrative, illustration and graphic design. Ultimately it is a political project interested in inscribing current design practices within the rich history they belong to.

The book is currently on display at the Victoria & Albrt museum in London included in a shortlist of eight Jameel Prize finalists.

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