Sharjah Art Foundation Deputy Director Reem Shadid joins Palestinian artist Yazan Khalili on 22 May at Lawrie Shabibi, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue for the launch of his latest book, Scouting for Locations.
Published by SAF, the book is based on the late Palestinian writer and activist Ghassan Kanafani’s acclaimed Men in the Sun (1963). Set in the Iraqi city of Basra in 1958, Kanafani's novella follows three Palestinian refugees who vanish on the journey to Kuwait in search of labour. Linking with Kanafani's novella, Khalili's book takes as its starting point a film production crew who are searching for an Arabian Gulf location in which to shoot an adaptation of Men in the Sun. Like the protagonists in the novella, the film production crew mysteriously disappear. Through photographs and notes, Khalili traces their journey through an unfamiliar landscape, focusing on their aspirations as well as their encounters with others. The book launch coincides with the opening night of Khalili's first solo exhibition in Dubai, 'On the Other Side of the Law'.