How to maneuver: Shape-shifting texts and other publishing tactics

10 December - 16 February
10:00 - 20:00

How to maneuver: Shape-shifting texts and other publishing tactics

Publishing is the act of making public. It is not restricted to specific producers, languages of production, sanctified routes of distribution, and privileged readers. This is not publishing as we have come to know it.


The Arab World is home to a growing number of book fairs and art book fairs. These two types of public platforms run parallel to each other, representing different, if not opposing, economies of cultural capital, systems of representation of subjects and subjectivities, as well as strategies for encountering and conversing with an audience.


This exhibition emerged out of a need to question the boundaries separating Publishing from independent publishing, or mainstream from alternative cultural production. The space that separates these different regimes of authorship, publishing and readership, is also the space where these differences can be maneuvered - where limits are creatively questioned and hardened practices lured to speak in different tongues. This is the space that this exhibition inhabits.


How to maneuver follows the footsteps of a selection of artistic and publishing practices, and the spaces they seek to create. The works presented share a rich variety of historical and contemporary reflections on the languages and formats marginalized in the dominant publishing industry – the snubbed genres, the outlawed subjects, the troubling subjectivities, the excessive, the minimal, the unprofitable, and the unfathomable. Through the exhibition, its artworks, publications and structural interventions, we get a glimpse of some of the cultural spaces and agencies reclaimed through independent artistic and publishing practices.


Curated by Kayfa ta / Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis

Exhibition Design by GHAITH&JAD - Ghaith Abi Ghanem and Jad Melki 


The exhibition is open from (10 December 2019 until 16 February 2020).


Artists featured in the exhibition:

  • Ahmad Makia
  • IKREK Edições Presenting: Thiago Honório and Marilá Dardot
  • antoine lefebvre editions
  • Bady Dalloul
  • Barakunan
  • Bidoun
  • Bernhard Cella
  • Thukral and Tagra
  • Exhausted Geographies
  • Jaffat El Aqlam
  • The State
  • Hussein Nassereddine
  • Independent publications from the GCC
  • Khaldoun Chichakli
  • Display Distribute
  • Raafat Majzoub
  • Rafael Domenech
  • Shubigi Rao
  • Ali Eyal
  • Ali Yass
  • Ghadah Alkandari
  • Farah Khelil & antoine lefebvre editions
  • Fehras Publishing Practices
  • Vikram Divecha
  • Anonymous
  • Mohssin Harraki
  • Moad Musbahi
  • Miti Ruangkritya
  • Hala Bizri and Jana Traboulsi

Hind Mezaina


Participating works by: 

3asal Magazine

Ahmad Makia

Al Tashkeel Magazine

Ali Eyal

Ali Yass


antoine lefebvre editions

Azim Al Ghussein

Bady Dalloul

Banat Collective


BAZAR Art Book Fair (featuring Shabahang Tayyari)

Bernhard Cella

Bidoun Magazine​

Brownbook Magazine

Center for Architectural Discourse

Display Distribute


Exhausted Geographies

Farah Khelil

Farside Collective

Fehras Publishing Practices

Ghadah Alkandari

Hala Bizri and Jana Traboulsi

Hassan Ali Alnajjar

Hessa Al-Ajmani

Hind Mezaina

Hundred best Arabic posters competition

Hussein Nassereddine

IKREK Edições (featuring Thiago Honório and Marilá Dardot)

Imane Ibrahim

Jaffat El Aqlam

Jad Atoui

Karima Al Shomely

Karine Wehbe

Khabar Keslan Magazine

Khaldoun Chichakli

Khalid Mezaina

Khawla Al Marri and Shahd Alshammari

Liane Al Ghusain

Mariam Alzarooni

Marwa Binhalim

Maya Ouabadi (La revue Fassl)


Mirene Arsanios

Miti Ruangkritya

Moad Musbahi

Mohamed Abdelkarim

Mohamed Allam

Mohssin Harraki

Mays Albaik

Nasser Alzayani

Nasir Nasrallah


Raafat Majzoub

Rafael Domenech

Samar Khalid

Sharjah Art Foundation (selected projects)

Shubigi Rao

Tehran Art Book Fair

The State

Thukral and Tagra

Tosh Fesh

Vikram Divecha

Wtd Magazine


Youcef Krache

Khalid Albaih