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ESSAYS

True Lies

by KEVIN JONES

Considering fiction and the photographic archive in the work of
Yasmine Eld-Sabbagh and Rozenn Quéré

YASMINE EID-SABBAGH and ROZENN QUÉRÉ, Possible and Imaginary Lives (detail), 2012, 

book: 23.5 x 16.5 cm, 162 pages. Courtesy the artists.


“The Middle East is a fiction,” declared Lebanese artist Khalil Joreige at a recent talk at the Singapore Art Museum, and a palpable confusion gripped the room. The audience was bewildered by how the provenance of one of the region’s most prolific practitioners could be seen as concocted, a chimera. Fiction, in…

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