Fehras Publishing Practices (Kenan Darwich, Omar Nicolas, Sami Rustom) is an artist collective and a publishing house established in Berlin in 2015. It was founded as a response to mounting questions concerning the history and the presence of art and publishing in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the diaspora. The mission of Fehras is to research the issue of publishing as a subject by observing and experimenting with its forms, attempting in this way to create a new, more extensive culture of critical engagement. The research focus of Fehras is based on the interrelation between cultures and publishing, which includes different fields of languages, archives, and arts. The projects, publications, and activities of Fehras Publishing Practices focus on archival materials (such as journalistic, radio, television, cinema, and digital archives), books, and magazines, libraries and readings, sound materials, publishing practices within the field of performance and visual arts and the transformation of cultural language in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.
Photography, objects, lecture-performances
Borrowed Faces was presented so far in a series of lecture-performances, archival boxes, large-scale drawing tableaux, and finally the first edition of a photo novel.
Fehras Publishing Practices focuses on individual cultural actors in Arab publishing in the late 1950s and 1960s and discovers a network of local and international institutions and conferences that courted them. The political interests of the great powers also entangle Arabic writing culture in an international bipolar context.
Borrowed Faces: Stories of Publishers during the Cold War
Series of Disappearences
Essays, texts and images
The Series of Disappearances deals with the relocations of knowledge and libraries at different levels by following the traces of private libraries of intellectuals, writers, publishers and individuals and the traces of book-archives of collectors and institutions. It observes as well the phenomena of public and street-libraries in East Mediterranean and North Africa. The term disappearance is being understood not only in the sense of vanishing of books or libraries, but also the disappearance as a process of transformation and thereby as a way or strategy for a new appearance. Hereby, the disappearance became an act that motivates us to research in its reasons, forms and the new relations that came out of it. So to say, how a publication appears in new forms and contexts and which significance does this process have in the present.