Initiated by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Ibraaz is now in its second
year of production since launching at the 54th Venice Biennale. Since then,
Ibraaz has published over 200 contributions in the form of interviews,
essays, and artists' projects. In October this year, Ibraaz was pleased to
stage a performance by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige in association
with the Institute of International Visual Arts in London and Frieze
Events. Ibraaz would like to thank the artists for their participation, and
all who attended.
For Platform 004, launching on November 2nd,
we have posed a question that looks at new media in artistic practices and
activism, alongside its perceived role as a social agent in North Africa
and the Middle East today. We are very pleased to announce that we received
a significant number of informed and engaging responses to our question
from, amongst many others, Nat Muller, Rijin Sahakian, Jeannine Tang, Anne
Barlow, Sarah Samy, Sama Alshaibi, Ricardo Mbarkho, Ganzeer, Nermin
Saybaşılı, Lantian Xie, and Basak Senova. We
would like to formally thank all those who have contributed to this and
The current platform responses and others
can be read at www.ibraaz.org/platforms, and
the fully searchable archive is available at www.ibraaz.org.
As part of our ongoing commitment to publishing full-length essays,
Ibraaz will publish commissioned essays by Franco Berardi Bifo, Sheyma
Buali, Ghalia Elsrakbi and Lauren Alexander, Zeigam Azizov, Tarek Khoury,
A.S. Bruckstein Çoruh,
Cleo Jay, Jens Maier-Rothe, Azin Feizabadi and Dina Kafafi, and Anthony
We are also pleased to announce that these and
other commissioned essays will appear in the first volume in a new series
of edited books about visual culture in the region. This material will be
produced by Ibraaz in partnership with I.B. Tauris in early 2013.
Platform 004 will also see the publication of interviews with Hassan
Khan, Shady El Noshokaty, Lida Abdul, Adel Abidin, Jeanno Gaussi, Roy
Samaha, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Guy Mannes-Abbott, Diana Al-Hadid, and Amina
Menia. As part of Platform 004 Projects, we will also feature artists'
projects by Larissa Sansour (which draws on the ongoing work Nation
Estate), and a project by the Saaheb collective looking at new media
and activism in the south Hebron hills in the West Bank. We will also
feature a video by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme; drawings by Makan; a
new artwork from Alexandria-based artist Mahmoud Khaled, and works by
In the weeks following the launch of
Platform 004, Ibraaz will be publishing interviews with Ismaël Touati,
Pauline M'Barek, Zeina Arida, Abbas Akhavan, Michael Rakowitz, and
Pascal Hachem, and essays by Sarah Covington, Timo Kaabi-Linke, Farah
Makni, Jasmina Metwaly, and Derya Yucel.
We are also
pleased to announce the launch of Ibraaz Version 2.0 in conjunction with
the launch of Platform 004. Ibraaz 2.0 has been designed to reflect the
significant amount of content on our site and encourage the use of our
ever-expanding archive. New features such as the 'Related Content' and
'Most Viewed' sidebars will also allow visitors to explore the expanding
web of material according to artist, author and region of interest. All
galleries have also been redesigned to ensure the quality of images and
easy access to them.
Ibraaz is an online publishing forum
initiated by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation. It publishes essays, interviews
and artists' projects on visual culture within and beyond North Africa and
the Middle East.
Ibraaz Platform 005 will be launched in May