Succession (2019)

Succession  is a photobook by Eman Ali that explores the power of archives and records. Ali looks to the past in order to question her own understanding of the modern history of Oman, to explore the unreliability of memory and to show the significant role photography had in reinforcing a sense of national identity. 

Working with archival material that primarily focuses on the first decade of (the now late) Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s rule, Ali rethinks the meaning of national identity, history, memory, and power. The book features a selection of photographs captured using an iPhone and then reworked to create a series of carefully cropped images arranged into a dream-like sequence. At a time of great change in the SWANA region and the world at large, this view of Oman acts as a metaphor for wider global national and political instability and shows how uncertain the future is for us all.

This book has been commissioned by Ffotogallery on the occasion of the exhibition 'The Place I Call Home', curated by David Drake, for the British Council. The exhibition has toured the UK and the GCC.

Book available here.

Released on December 2, 2019
21 x 29.7 cm
160 pages
Printed by Cassochrome
Edited by Eman Ali
Designed by Villalba Lawson & Eman Ali
Design assistant Costas Kalogeropoulos
Edition of 300
ISBN 978-1-872771-47-2

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The Photographers' Gallery
The Mosaic Rooms
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Public Libraries
The British Library - UK
Arts Library Special Collections, Yale University - USA

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