Art Metropole and Motto Books in collaboration with Ashkal Alwan invite you to a book launch, discussion, and signing for:
Nour Bishouty: 1—130: Selected works Ghassan Bishouty b. 1941 Safad, Palestine — d. 2004 Amman, Jordan ed. Jacob Korczynski
Speakers: Nour Bishouty, Jacob Korczynski, and Rayya Badran
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Saturday, January 13, 2021 at 13:00 EST
Nour Bishouty’s artist’s book 1—130 draws upon her ongoing research into the works of her father, Ghassan Bishouty (b. 1941 Palestine – d. 2004, Jordan). Here, she borrows from methods of indexing and object classification to act as figurative codes for identification and cross-reference within the contexts of value and legacy. 1—130 constitutes reflexive encounters with a series of selected paintings and sculptures made circa 1965-2004 in Lebanon and Jordan, all the while employing paratactic strategies of text and image to understand the life and work of an artist faced with the discontinuity of deracination.
Concluding with an afterword by editor Jacob Korczynski, 1—130 is designed by Laura Pappa & Lotte Lara Schröder and co-published by Art Metropole & Motto Books.
Nour Bishouty is a visual artist working in a range of media including digital images, works on paper, sculpture, video, and writing. Her multidisciplinary practice draws upon autobiographical and material narratives to explore how dominant notions of value are articulated and exchanged, often focusing on the construction of popular identity in relation to histories of place. Nour was a fellow at the 2014/15 Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Darat Al Funun, Amman; Access Gallery, Vancouver; the Beirut Art Centre, the Helen Day Art Centre, Vermont; Casa Arabe, Madrid and Cordoba; and the Mosaic Rooms, London.
Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator and the recent recipient of a curatorial research fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He has curated projects for the Stedelijk Museum, Cooper Cole, Western Front, and the Badischer Kunstverein and his writing has been published by art-agenda, Camera Austria, Flash Art, and BOMB. With curatorial projects taking the form of exhibitions, screenings, and publications he is also the editor of I See/La Camera: I (If I Can't Dance I Don't Want to Be Part of Your Revolution), Andrew James Paterson's Collection/Correction (Kunstverein Toronto & Mousse Publishing), Jimmy Robert's Revue (Leopold Hoesch Museum), and Nour Bishouty's 1-130 (Art Metropole & Motto Books).
Rayya Badran is a writer, translator and educator based in Beirut. She earned her MA in Aural and Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College, London. Her research interests span the sonic performativity of radio, song and the voice and her writing and translated work has featured in various local and international publications. She has been teaching contemporary art and sound studies courses at the department of Fine Arts and Art History at the American University of Beirut since 2014. She is currently one of guest editors of The Derivative, a publication launched by the Beirut Art Center and has a bi-monthly show on Radio al Hara.