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On the Book of Sceneries

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EXPO 2020 Dubai
On the Book of Sceneries

Ed. Tarek Abou El Fetouh, Ala Younis, text(s) by Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Kwame Appiah, Stephanie Bailey, Homi K. Bhabha, Xing Danwen, Nader El Birzi, Tarek Abou El Fetouh, Taneli Kukkonen, Ahmad Makia, Samuel Tafreshi, Ala Younis, graphic design by HOUSE


2022. 280 pp., 150 ills.

Quarterbound Hardcover

21.00 x 26.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-5049-3

Optical Realities

The Book of Optics, written by the Arab scholar Ibn al Haytham in 1021 AD, formed the conceptual framework of the Public Art Program of EXPO 2020 in Dubai. Eleven renowned artists were invited to create newly commissioned, permanent artworks in public space to explore this central work of medieval science. The publication presents the works together with numerous text contributions. They explore the philosophical definitions of vision, cognition, and the importance of imagination in constructing a coherent picture of reality. With over 190 countries participating, EXPO 2020 in Dubai brought together numerous cultural and artistic initiatives to build bridges between people, communities and nations.

Works by: Hamra Abbas, Afra Al Dhaheri, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Monira al Qadiri, Abdullah al Saadi, Asma Belhamar, Olafur Eliasson, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Khalil Rabah, Haegue Yang, and Yinka Shonibare.

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EXPO 2020 Dubai

EXPO 2020 Dubai
On the Book of Sceneries

ISBN 978-3-7757-5048-6
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