A Palestinian born in Kuwait and based in the UAE, much of Tarek Al-Ghoussein's work deals with how his identity is shaped in a context of inaccessibility and loss. In many of his photographs the artist is dwarfed by a vast desert landscape, reconstructing allegories for the obstacles, barricades and walls erected in the Occupied Territories. The book includes a foreword by Jack Persekian as well as several commissioned essays by several key writers: Hamid Dabashi, Emily Jacir, Suzanne Cotter, Antonia Carver and Kevin Mitchell. This hard-cover book has 150 pages and over 60 full cover plates. In Absentia in Arabic is being published with the support of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. This hard-cover book has 150 pages and over 60 full cover plates. In Absentia was launched during Al-Ghoussein’s exhibition at The Third Line in February 2009.
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Published by: The Third Line