Fehras Publishing Practices (Syria/Germany) is an artist collective founded in Berlin in 2015 by Kenan Darwich, Sami Rustom and Omar Nicolas. Fehras researches the history and presence of publishing and its entanglement in socio-political and cultural sphere in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Arab diaspora. The collective observes publishing as a possibility for creating, transferring and accumulating knowledge and therefor initiates projects that experimenting with publishing in forms of installations, film, book, lecture-performances.
During their residency at Delfina Foundation – as part of the Collecting as Practice programme – the collective will focus on the development of their artistic research on publishing culture during the Cold War era in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa region and the Arab diaspora. Given their location in London, Fehras will work on tracing a network of Arab intellectuals, publishers, funders, who where based in the UK in the 1960s, researching their cultural production and publications. The investigation concern the relationship between political ideologies, funding resources, friendships and their impact on cultural production and publishing culture.
This residency coincides with the collective’s exhibition Borrowed Faces: Future Recall at The Mosaic Rooms, London, running from 25/06/21—26/09/21 as part of Shubbak Festival 2021.
Members of the collective
Kenan Darwich (b. 1980, Damascus, Syria. Lives and works in Berlin) holds a Master of Arts in curatorial studies from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany (2015), and a Diploma of Arts in Communication and Editorial Design from the Muthesius Academy of Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany (2008).
Sami Rustom (b. 1988, Aleppo, Syria. Lives and works in Berlin) holds a Masters of Art in library and Information Science from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (2019), and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Science from the University of Damascus, Syria (2011).
Omar Nicolas (b. 1987, Homs, Syria. Lives and works in Berlin) holds a Master of Arts in Communication and Editorial Design from Muthesius Academy of Arts and Design, Kiel, Germany (2013), and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from the Faculty of Fine Art, Damascus, Syria (2008).