Fehras Publishing Practices

Fehras Publishing Practices (Sami Rustom, Omar Nicolas, and Kenan Darwich) is an artist collective founded in Berlin in 2015. It researches the history and presence of publishing and its entanglement in the socio-political and cultural sphere in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Arab diaspora. It sees publishing as a possibility for producing and accumulating knowledge, and for initiating projects in different formats, such as installations, films, publications, lectures, and performances.

A room furnished in 60s style, with green, posterized walls. Next to a large bookshelf, piles of books lie on small tables in the middle. In the back on the wall shelf there's a radio, a typewriter and a telephone.

Fehras Publishing Practices, Scenes of Borrowed Faces: Al-Sharq Bookstore, no. 1–5 (Detail), Fotoroman-Reihe, gerahmte Fotografien, Farbe, 50 x 70 cm, 2020, Courtesy Fehras Publishing Practices

The collective’s investigations take place at public libraries, book markets, and in private and institutional collections. Fehras examines publishers and university catalogs as well as newspaper, radio, and television archives. Personal stories of publishers, memoirs, letters, and photographs are also part of this research.

Selected recent exhibitions include The Mosaic Rooms, London (2021); Haus der Statistik, Berlin (2021); Ural Industrial Biennial (2021); Crac Occitanie, Sète (2020); MMAG Foundation, Amman (2020); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2019); Sharjah Art Foundation (2018); EMST, Athens (2018); District Berlin (2017); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017); SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2017); Sharjah Biennial (2017); Kunsthal Aarhus (2016). The three Fehras collective members have been artists-in-residence at Delfina Foundation, London; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; and Villa Romana, Florence. They were awarded a Berlin Artistic Research Grant for 2020/21.

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