The (re)Orient

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The artist and curator Fareed Armaly’s 1989 Paris exhibition, The (re)Orient, critically situated the role of contemporary exhibition-making within an emerging postcolonial discourse. Drawing upon the recently-built Grand Pyramid entrance to the Louvre Museum, The (re)Orient created spatial passages out of instabilities hidden in Western institutional legacies of representation, power, and knowledge, to engage with the “Orient” as narratives constructed through epistemic violence.

This publication is produced on the occasion of the artist’s update of The (re)Orient exhibition in 2021 at mumok, Vienna. In dialogue with postcolonial and decolonial frameworks, Armaly brings together a comprehensive exhibition documentation with a timely reading of the exhibition themes through new contributions and key reprints including Derek Gregory, Sara Ahmed, Akram Zaatari, and Robert K. Beshara.

Table of Contents
09 Introduction, Fareed Armaly (2023)
15 Imag(in)ing Geography
An Excerpt from “Imaginative Geographies”
Derek Gregory (1995)
33 “Transparent Contradictions”:
Pei’s Pyramide at the Louvre
Stephen L. Rustow (1990)
45 Exhibition Dossier
The (re)Orient (1989 | 2021)
55 Exhibition Guide
110 Three Snapshots and a Long Exposure
Akram Zaatari (2021)
127 France’s Oriental Dream:
The Louvre Abu Dhabi
Nasser Rabbat (2018)
135 FA: Finding Aid for The (re)Orient
Marianna Hovhannisyan (2023)
149 The Orient and Other Others
An Excerpt from Queer Phenomenology:
Orientations, Objects, Others
Sara Ahmed (2006)
159 Freud and Said:
Contrapuntal Psychoanalysis as Liberation Praxis
Interview with author Robert K. Beshara
by Fareed Armaly (2022)
170 Authors
176 Colophon

205 x 265 mm
Soft Cover, 176 pages
Numerous full page exhibition views and ill. in color
ISBN: 978-3-9825122-0-4
Publisher | Editor: Fareed Armaly, 2023