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Eman Ali: Succession (Signed)

Eman Ali: Succession (Signed)

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Succession is a photo book about Oman that addresses my anxiety about an uncertain political future. Working with archival material that primarily focuses on the first decade of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’s rule, I look to the past, to rethink the meaning of identity, history, memory, and loss.The photographs are sourced from Oman, a quarterly newsletter issued by the embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in the UK from 1973 into the 1980s. The purpose of this publication was to keep those within the diplomatic circle informed about the new developments in the Sultanate following the accession of the “Renaissance Man” to the throne on July 23,1970.These newsletters were collected by my father during his post as the First Secretary in the Oman Embassy and they served as a starting point for me to explore the formation of what is known as the modern Oman.The book features a selection of photographs captured using iPhone and then reworked to create a series of carefully cropped images arranged into a dream-like sequence. By appropriating these images and juxtaposing them against one another, I invite the viewer to re-examine relationships, memories and the collective identity. At a time of great change in the Middle East, this is an invitation to question things we once felt so sure about. - Eman Ali

Title: Succession
Publisher: Self Published, 2019
Author: Eman Ali
Photographer: Eman Ali, Various
Graphic Design: Villalba Lawson, Eman Ali
Format: Softcover
Size: 297 x 210 cm, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781872771472
Edition: 300 copies

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