Taysir Batniji: Untitled (Portraits of Martyrs)

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Experience a powerful work of art through the pages of this book.

This limited-edition artist’s book presents the series Untitled (Portraits of Martyrs) by Taysir Batniji, made in commemoration of Palestinian martyrs who were killed by Israeli forces during the Second Intifada between 2000 and 2001. The double meaning of absence is explored in this work with the negative silkscreened images on black only becoming visible for the reader from certain angles before disappearing, evoking the haunting memory of lives that have been lost but are not officially recognised as such. This exceptional book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Taysir Batniji: No Condition Is Permanent at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, in 2022.

Language English and Arabic (Bilingual)
Publication date 2022

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Black books stacked on top of each other with negative silkscreened text

Photo: Noushad Ahammad, courtesy of Qatar Museums Publications ©2022

Two open pages of the book with negative silkscreened portraits

Photo: Noushad Ahammad, courtesy of Qatar Museums Publications ©2022