Ibraaz (ibraaz.org) is a new online publishing forum for writing on visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Through the publication of essays by academics, artists, curators, historians, commentators, writers, and critics, Ibraaz offers a primary research forum for in-depth, peer-reviewed texts about the MENA region. The long-term ambition of the project is to utilise these essays and ideas to further commission and develop full-length, illustrated books.
Ibraaz launched a research ‘platform’ that will address a different question every six months. For platform 001, the question posed in early 2011 was ‘What do we need to know about the MENA region today?’
Ibraaz published a variety of responses from, amongst others, Tony Chakar, Ghalya Saadawi, Ahlam Shibli, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Aida Eltorie, Chamber of Public Secrets, Hrair Sarkissian, Lina Khatib, Mounir Fatmi, Nazgol Ansarinia, Rayya Badran, Saskia Sassen, Simon Sheikh, Ursula Biemann, Shuruq Harb, Tina Sherwell, Yazan Khalili, Anna Somers Cocks, and Talinn Grigor.
Ibraaz Publishing and ibraaz.org are key projects initiated by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation (Tunis).