MIDDLE EAST ARCHIVE

ABOUT

Middle East Archive is a creative archive that retrieves lost memories from the Middle East and Maghreb. With a vivid curatorial eye, it attempts to bring forward everyday memories that immerse one within the locally lived cultures. With particular attention to candid moments, banal interactions and simplicity, it brings forward the essence of MENA.

With photography as its principle medium, MEA collaborates with photographers and leads a rebirth to their archival collections. Thanks to a diversity of styles, perspectives, subject matters and a multitude of creatives that contribute to bringing this vision to life, MEA has space to constantly flourish in its times.

The archive’s practice goes beyond recollecting images as it adds life to what is portrayed as conflictual and inherently political. Through mixed media forms, and by excavating the web, MEA doesn’t limit itself to traditional and old documentations of the region, but explores a multitude of contemporary expressions, bringing the focus to where it should be. This digital collecting process is a new media from of archiving, making accessible already exciting artifacts that have been lost in time.

SELECTED PRESS

FOOTBALL TEAM 2024

Founder & Curator: Romaisa Baddar

Book design: Akaar Amin

Copyediting: Dalia Al-Dujaili 

Arabic Translator: Mourad Nusair

AN ARCHIVE OF LOVE TEAM 2023

Founder & Curator: Romaisa Baddar

Editors: Nour Regaya & Dalia Al-Dujaili

Book design: Omar Houssrey

Arabic translator: Mourad Nusair 

MIDDLE EAST ARCHIVE BOOK TEAM 2021

Founder & Curator: Romaisa Baddar

Editor: Julia Bohan Morliere

Book design: Daleen Saah

Illustrations & poster designs: Omar Houssrey

2nd Editor: Yasmine Mattousi

Arabic translator: Mourad Nusair