MIDDLE EAST ARCHIVE

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.

PRESS

CONTRIBUTORS MIDDLE EAST ARCHIVE BOOK

Founder & Curator: Romaisa Baddar

Editor: Julia Bohan Morliere

Book design: Daleen Saah

Illustrations & poster designs: Omar Houssrey

2nd Editor: Yasmine Mattousi

3rd Editor: Adam Beach

Arabic translator: Mourad Nusair 

Editor Arabic translation: Malak Al Harahsheh

Photos book: Romy Brandsma and Otman Qrita

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