In Plain Sight – Scenes from Aridly Abundant Landscapes
|Author||Faysal Tabbarah; Meitha Al Mazrooei eds.|
Official catalog of UAE's National Pavilion at Venise Biennale of Architecture, this book was conceived as a collection of travels through aridity. Contributors were asked to think about the relationship between travel, travel writing, and the built environment. What coalesced was a diverse set of positions and attitudes towards travel writing that ranged from documenting journeys through historical texts and images in search of lost relationships with aridity and the practices it engenders, to authors who physically traveled to contemporary arid spaces in search of nuance and abundance, and essays that explore the blurry and conceptual edges of aridity. Alongside the travel-based contributions, the book presents a series of field notes, ostensibly framed as research findings. In the field notes, curator Faysal Tabbarah attempts to narrate the places, materials, and tactics that he encountered on numerous trips. Supporting these field notes is a series of photographic catalogs that depict the range of tactics used in constructing Al Hajar's built environment that Tabbarah have witnessed in his fieldwork. Traveling with me and at times separately, Reem Falaknaz narrates her own experiences in Al Hajar Mountains through a series of photographs that are also contained within the publication.
|398 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 21 cm, pb, English|