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The Arab Image Foundation celebrates International Archives Week 2022


Du 10/06/2022 Ă  19:00 jusqu'au 20/06/2022 Ă  19:00

In June of every year, hundreds of institutions, archivists, and practitioners celebrate International Archives Week (IAW), raising awareness about the importance of archival documents and records, and showcasing the rare and extraordinary objects in their care.

For this year’s edition of IAW, which also marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Arab Image Foundation, the AIF is collaborating with Beirut DC on the exhibition 𝘐𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜—đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Š: 𝘙𝘩𝘩𝘭𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘉𝘩đ˜Șđ˜łđ˜¶đ˜”, on view at Mina Image Center from 11 June to 20 July 2022. Curated by Hady Zaccak, the exhibition journeys through the city of Beirut through a montage of scenes assembled from 50 films produced between 1935 and 1975, and features still images of Beirut from the collections of the Arab Image Foundation.

In situ, the AIF is organising a series of exciting talks and screenings from 10-20 June, paying tribute to the notion of home in all its rhapsodies.

đ——đ—Œđ˜„đ—»đ—čđ—Œđ—źđ—± đ˜đ—”đ—Č 𝗳𝘂đ—čđ—č đ—œđ—żđ—Œđ—Žđ—żđ—źđ—șđ—șđ—Č đ—”đ—Č𝗿đ—Č:

More than a physical space, the home is the constellation of memories and experiences that shapes our being, and colours our understanding of the world. We launch our International Archives Week programme in Beirut on Friday 10 June with a special display of photographic objects centered on vernacular and family photographs. Glass plates, stereoscopic views, paper prints, negatives, and albums will be on display to reveal the intimacy and domesticity of the family home, and how these notions can be extended to entire nations.

𝗱𝘂𝗿 đ—±đ—Œđ—Œđ—żđ˜€ đ˜„đ—¶đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č đ—Œđ—œđ—Čđ—» đ—Œđ—» đ—™đ—żđ—¶đ—±đ—źđ˜† 𝟭𝟬 đ—đ˜‚đ—»đ—Č đ—łđ—żđ—Œđ—ș 𝟭𝟭:𝟬𝟬 đ˜đ—Œ đŸ­đŸ”:𝟬𝟬, and we welcome you to visit our premises and learn more about our current projects and archival practices. You will get to meet the AIF team at work in their different labs!

On view are some of the very first collections acquired by the AIF, but also the most recent ones, including the Radwan Mattar, Cold Cuts, and Aline Manoukian collections, reflecting the evolution of the foundation’s collecting practices over the past 25 years, and the breadth and scope of the thematics it addresses.

For those who wish to support the foundation, a number of our publications will be on sale, and we will offer discounted prices for researchers, artists, and cultural institutions, if the full amount cannot be paid in support of the foundation. These include the three-volume publication đ˜‰đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘝𝘱𝘯 𝘓𝘩𝘰, which was published in December 2021. Co-published by the Arab Image Foundation and Archive Books, đ˜‰đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘝𝘱𝘯 𝘓𝘩𝘰 is authored by Karl Bassil in collaboration with Negar Azimi and Katia Bojadjian. Other available titles include đ˜đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź 𝘌𝘭 đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜„đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Ș: đ˜šđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜„đ˜Ș𝘰 đ˜—đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Ž (2004); đ˜đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź 𝘌𝘭 đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜„đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Ș: đ˜—đ˜łđ˜°đ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Ž (2007); 𝘈 𝘓𝘩𝘣𝘱𝘯𝘩𝘮𝘩 đ˜ˆđ˜łđ˜€đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š (2015); đ˜›đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜ŠÌđ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜—đ˜©đ˜°đ˜”đ˜°đ˜šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜±đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Ž: 𝘓𝘩 đ˜‘đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜„đ˜¶ đ˜‹đ˜°đ˜€đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜”đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„ (2017); and đ˜‰đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Źđ˜šđ˜łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜„: 𝘏𝘳𝘱đ˜Ș𝘳 𝘚𝘱𝘳𝘬đ˜Ș𝘮𝘮đ˜Ș𝘱𝘯 (2015).

In the framework of IAW, and in line with our mission to share knowledge around our archival practices, the 𝗔𝗜𝗙 đ˜„đ—¶đ—čđ—č 𝗯đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—čđ—Čđ—źđ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž 𝗼 𝘀đ—Čđ—żđ—¶đ—Č𝘀 đ—Œđ—ł đ—Čđ—±đ˜‚đ—°đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ—źđ—č đ˜ƒđ—¶đ—±đ—Čđ—Œđ˜€ 𝗰đ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Čđ—± đ—źđ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—»đ—± đ—Œđ˜‚đ—ż đ—œđ—żđ—Č𝘀đ—Čđ—żđ˜ƒđ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—», đ—±đ—¶đ—Žđ—¶đ˜đ—¶đ˜€đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—», đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—±đ—Œđ—°đ˜‚đ—șđ—Čđ—»đ˜đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—» đ—œđ—żđ—źđ—°đ˜đ—¶đ—°đ—Č𝘀. Online Zoom sessions will follow to allow users a platform for questions and learning relevant to their line of work and interests. Our hope is that these resources, and Q&A sessions will support institutions and independent practitioners better care for their archival collections and benefit from the foundation’s experience. These videos and learning sessions, which are also part of the foundation’s 25th anniversary programme, will be made available online upon request in the second week of June.

𝗜𝗳 đ˜†đ—Œđ˜‚ 𝗼𝗿đ—Č đ—¶đ—»đ˜đ—Č𝗿đ—Č𝘀𝘁đ—Čđ—± đ—¶đ—» 𝗼𝗰𝗰đ—Čđ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—źđ—»đ—± đ—·đ—Œđ—¶đ—»đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ—±đ—¶đ˜€đ—°đ˜‚đ˜€đ˜€đ—¶đ—Œđ—»đ˜€, đ—œđ—čđ—Č𝗼𝘀đ—Č 𝗿đ—Čđ—Žđ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Č𝗿 đ˜đ—”đ—żđ—Œđ˜‚đ—Žđ—” đ˜đ—”đ—¶đ˜€ đ—čđ—¶đ—»đ—ž:


đ—Ÿđ—¶đ˜đ˜đ—čđ—Č đ˜€đ˜đ—Œđ—żđ—¶đ—Č𝘀 𝗯đ—Čđ—”đ—¶đ—»đ—± đ—Żđ—¶đ—Ž đ—Č𝘃đ—Čđ—»đ˜đ˜€: 𝗔 đ—°đ—Œđ—»đ˜ƒđ—Čđ—żđ˜€đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—» đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” đ—–đ—”đ—źđ—żđ—čđ—Č𝘀 𝗔đ—č-𝗛𝗼𝘆đ—Č𝗾
When: Thursday 16 June, 17:00
Where: Arab Image Foundation, Zoghby building, 4th floor, Gemmayzeh.
Spaces limited, booking required.
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In the framework of International Archives Week, we are delighted to announce a new collaboration with historian Charles Al-Hayek (@heritage_and_roots on Instagram), exploring different perspectives on history through images. For our opening talk, Charles will select 25 images in the custody of the Arab Image Foundation, connecting them to the broader social and historical contexts in which they are embedded. Primarily made up of family photographs, these intimate images often act as a microcosm of society at large.


đ—§đ—żđ—źđ—»đ˜€* đ—›đ—¶đ˜€đ˜đ—Œđ—żđ—¶đ—Č𝘀 đ—łđ—żđ—Œđ—ș 𝗕đ—Čđ—¶đ—żđ˜‚đ˜â€™đ˜€ đ—™đ—Œđ—żđ—Žđ—Œđ˜đ˜đ—Čđ—» 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘁: 𝗔 đ—°đ—Œđ—»đ˜ƒđ—Čđ—żđ˜€đ—źđ˜đ—¶đ—Œđ—» đ˜„đ—¶đ˜đ—” đ— đ—Œđ—”đ—źđ—șđ—źđ—± đ—”đ—Żđ—±đ—Œđ˜‚đ—»đ—¶
When: Friday 17 June, 17:00
Where: Arab Image Foundation, Zoghby building, 4th floor, Gemmayzeh.
Spaces limited, booking required.
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Years in the making, đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜Šđ˜¶đ˜”đ˜Žâ€™ fourth edition, titled đ˜›đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜” 𝘔𝘩 𝘓đ˜Ș𝘬𝘩 đ˜ đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜”đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł: 𝘛𝘳𝘱𝘯𝘮* 𝘏đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 𝘉𝘩đ˜Șđ˜łđ˜¶đ˜”â€™đ˜Ž đ˜đ˜°đ˜łđ˜šđ˜°đ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜—đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜”, was recently launched. Celebrating the stories and lives of trans* women, the journal is also available online for free in an active effort to make this public archive accessible to everyone. It brings together photographs of the trans* community in Beirut in the 1980s and the 1990s, which are now in the custody of the Arab Image Foundation in what is arguably the first such photographic archive of the queer community in the Arab region. Housed at the AIF, the Cold Cuts collection brings together 206 prints and polaroids which đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜Šđ˜¶đ˜”đ˜Ž founder, Mohamad Abdouni, entrusted to the foundation in 2021.

In this informal gathering at our premises, Abdouni and AIF collections researcher Omar Thawabeh discuss the challenges and intricacies of documenting this valuable collection, and the ways in which language and imagery can be used to embolden communities.

đ˜›đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜” 𝘔𝘩 𝘓đ˜Ș𝘬𝘩 đ˜ đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜”đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł: 𝘛𝘳𝘱𝘯𝘮* 𝘏đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 𝘉𝘩đ˜Șđ˜łđ˜¶đ˜”â€™đ˜Ž đ˜đ˜°đ˜łđ˜šđ˜°đ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜—đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜” will be available for purchase on the day of the talk.


𝗩𝗰𝗿đ—Čđ—Čđ—»đ—¶đ—»đ—Ž đ—Œđ—ł đ˜€đ—”đ—Œđ—żđ˜đ˜€
When: Monday 20 June, 17:00
Where: Arab Image Foundation, Zoghby building, 4th floor, Gemmayzeh.
Spaces limited, booking required.
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We conclude our International Archives Week programme with the screening of four short films centered around the city of Beirut. Wavering between the documentary and the speculative, these works paint a portrait of a city that is fickle and gritty all at once.

With films by Vartan Avakian [đ˜šđ˜©đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š / đ˜“đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜šđ˜žđ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š (2009); đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘝đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜° đ˜šđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜ș (2015)], Jalal Toufic [đ˜šđ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Š (2000)], and Jalal Toufic and Graziella Rizkallah Toufic [đ˜ˆđ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜±đ˜” 137 đ˜”đ˜° đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜± đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘋𝘳đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š (2001)].

Following the screening is a moderated conversation and Q&A with Jalal Toufic.



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