Limited edition of 300 copies 22.2x32cm | 72 pages Offset printing + cold foil | Soft cover + hot foil | hand-bound and manufactured.
Chaza Charafeddine’s “Divine Comedy” series originally shown at Agial Art Gallery in 2010. It is a visually rich and complex project mixing Chaza’s own photographic portraits of men, whose features are both masculine and feminine, with 1940s Iranian, Indian, Afghani, and Egyptian popular portrayals of mythological beings. She also mixes her portraits with Mughal Islamic art from Persian and Turkish miniatures of the 15th to the 18th centuries. The eponymous artist book extends this complex process by installing the artworks in a layout inspired by Islamic miniatures, adding rich backgrounds and frames as well as the artist’s own hand-written texts. Pushing further this play on modernity and tradition, the book is printed with state of the art cold foil technology, in partnership with Anis Commercial Printing Press, adopting a resolutely modern finish, and shining with gold foil on all artworks.
Texts by: Chaza Charafeddine and Abbas Beydoun (Eng. and Arab.), and Thierry Savatier (French). ©Chaza Charafeddine, 2015
Design concept: Chaza Charafeddine
Design and layout: Karma Tohme and Chaza Charafeddine
Handwriting, Arabic and English: Chaza Charafeddine
Published by Plan Bey
©Chaza Charafeddine, 2015
Limited edition of 300 copies
Printed in Beirut in November 2014 at Khawam Printing Press, on Fedrigoni Old Mill Paper.