Dongola Limited Editions – Kawa News – Cities Under Quarantine

Dongola Limited Editions – Kawa News – Cities Under Quarantine

Cities Under Quarantine: The Mailbox Project”: the initiative that brings together works created during the lockdown by more than 50 Middle Eastern artists.

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Encouraging artistic connection during confinement is the mission of the Beirut-based publishing house Dongola Limited Editions. While the world was at a standstill, Abed Al Kadiri wanted to reach out to his artist friends scattered in different cities. How did he do it? By sending each of them a hand-made and hand-stitched book, on which the artist is free to express himself as he wishes. No artistic parameters were required. The only instruction? To create. At the end of the project, the completed works will then be compiled and published as a limited edition book. 

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Why did you start an art project related to containment? 

The launch of this project was not done intentionally. The idea came organically, when I myself worked on an artist’s book at the beginning of the confinement. I found that it was an excellent way to deal with the state of isolation and loneliness. As the days went by, I realized that this medium helped me to develop a new awareness. This format, more intimate, favours concentration and allowed me to rethink my practice. The experience was striking. That’s why I wanted to invite my artist friends to share the same dynamic. 

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Dongola Limited Editions – Kawa News – Cities Under Quarantine