FEHRAS PUBLISHING PRACTICES
Fehras Publishing Practices (Kenan Darwich, Omar Nicolas, Sami Rustom) is an artist collective and a publishing house established in Berlin in 2015. It was founded as a response to mounting questions concerning the history and the presence of art and publishing in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the diaspora. The mission of Fehras is to research the issue of “publishing” as a subject through observing and experimenting with its forms, by these means attempting to create a new, more extensive culture of critical engagement. The research focus of Fehras is based on the interrelation between cultures and publishing, which includes different fields of languages, archives, and arts. The projects, publications, and activities of Fehras Publishing Practices focus on archival materials (such as journalistic, radio, television, cinema, and digital archives), books, and magazines, libraries and readings, sound materials, publishing practices within the field of performance and visual arts and the transformation of cultural language in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.
Projects: Sharjah Biennale 13, Tamwuj, Sharjah, AE, 2017, Something to Generate from, Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, 2016, Apricozs from Damascus, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016.
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La biblioteca privata di Abd Al-Rahman Munif.
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(Biografia solo in inglese)
Kenan Darwich, Publisher, artist, curator and researcher in the field of book arts.
Born 1981 in Damascus, Syria, based in Berlin. 2004 - 2009 he studied Communication Design, focusing on typography and book design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, 2013 - 2015 Cultures of the Curatorial (MA) at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig.
2013 - 2014 he worked as a visiting professor for editorial design and typography at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He works for various artists (including Ligna, Antje Majewski, Wolfgang Tillmans), publishing houses (such as Sternberg Press, Verlag für moderne Kunst) and cultural institutions (such as Art Laboratory, Overbeck-Gesellschaft). 2011 he founded the publishing house and research project Raum der Publikation which he still directs today.
Omar Nicolas, Artist and book designer.
Born 1987 in Homs, Syria, based in Berlin. He completed his bachelor Studies at the Academy of Fine Art in Damascus. After that he finished his Master´s in Communication Design focusing on typography and book design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He worked as a book designer, performance artist and curator together with various artists and institutions (including Brandon LaBelle, Antje Majewski, Sigal Souk, Jan Burkhardt, Heimann und Schwantes / Goethe-Institut, Oper Damaskus, Mansion Beirut, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Opernhaus Kiel, Tanzfabrik Berlin, KuLe Haus Berlin, KNIPSU, Kunsthalle Bergen). www.omarnicolas.de
Sami Rustom, Cultural journalist and archivist.
Born 1988 in Aleppo, Syria, based in Berlin. He completed his bachelor studies in Media at Damascus University. He works for Arabic and German newspapers (including Al-Akhbar, Assfir, and taz), He produced the program Al-Haki at Sham.Fm Radio station which was documenting the early works of the Lebanese singer Fairouz and the composers Rahbani Brothers. He participated in various conferences and tranings in the field of cultural management and cultural journalism in Beirut, Cairo, Berlin, Munich and Bonn. He worked with several institutions (including Goethe-Institut Ramallah, Al-Mawred, Deutsche Welle).