Book: Shuruq Harb

The Keeper

A limited edition artist book

This book tells the story of Shuruq Harb's encounter with Mustafa, a young street vender in downtown Ramallah, who sells images culled from the Internet to the public.

TheKeeper_BookCover1 - Detail of book cover with original insert photograph. Shuruq Harb

Over the last decade, Mustafa downloaded and sold the most popular political and entertainment images that have been in high demand by the Palestinian public. Shuruq comes in contact with Mustafa while she is researching the different kinds of images that circulate in the public sphere in Ramallah city. Upon her encounter with him, she tries to salvage what is left over from his unsold collection. Flipping through the fragile low-resolution photographs, she is overwhelmed by the diversity of the collection. In an attempt to identify the sources and content of the images, she begins to refresh her memory by returning to the Internet.

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Language: Arabic & English Editions
Size: 16x20 cm
Edition: 200
Format: Softcover, with a choice of one of four (original) photographs
Type of Printing: Digital
Number of pages: 48
Price: $25 (excluding shipping costs)

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This work was generously supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).