We recently engaged in a conversation with Anthony Downey about “Uncommon Grounds,” a collaborative project with the London-based online publishing forum Ibraaz.
We announced our partnership in 2012, aiming to produce volumes centered on visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East.
After substantial effort, we successfully released the first volume, “Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practices in the Middle East and North Africa,” in September.
This publication gathers a diverse group of internationally renowned and emerging figures, spanning academics, writers, artists, curators, activists, and filmmakers.
“Uncommon Grounds” critically examines the development and utilization of new media in the visual culture of the Middle East and North Africa.
Anthony Downey, the Editor in Chief at Ibraaz, sheds light on the origins of Ibraaz, the forum’s mission, and provides insights into what readers can anticipate in future volumes.
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How And When Was Ibraaz Founded?
In 2009, Kamel Lazaar, Lina Lazaar, and Anthony Downey initiated discussions that led to the founding of Ibraaz. The planning phase extended for two more years before officially launching during the 54th Venice Biennial in June 2011. It stands as an initiative of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation.