Speak Memory Symposium 5 - Negar Azimi, Arab Image Foundation
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Summary: Negar Azimi is Senior editor of Bidoun Magazine. She is a member of the Beirut-based Fondation Arabe pour l'Image, with whom she is working on photographic projects in Iran and the greater Arab region. She studied politics at Stanford and Harvard, and is now pursuing her PhD at Columbia University.
Negar Azimi will discuss the origins and evolution of the Arab Image Foundation from its founding in Beirut in 1998 by three artists to its subsequent life as an institution with an archive of over 300.000 photos. Such an evolution has provoked debates as to the expectations and responsibilities attached to an archive of this nature and at least some of these issues will be raised here. Azimi will also discuss a current project of the Foundation she is working on with fellow member Karl Bassil: a monograph of the late Armenian-Egyptian photographer Van Leo which takes "the photography book" and "the monograph" at large as its point of departure.