Zamân

Founded in 2014 and based in Paris, Zamân Books is dedicated to exploring the counter-histories of our visual, cultural and artistic modernism, beginning with the history of art and of those abstract categories “East” and “West”, which Zamân sets out to reinterpret, resituate and transform.
Focused on the Middle East and the Mediterranean from North Africa to Turkey, as well as Iran and India, Zamân Books has as its primary mission the dissemination of the latest international thinking about art and the image, and analysis of the new geography of art history. It achieves this via monographs, artist's books, thematic and collective publications, and new editions of rare or rediscovered works. The emphasis is on a bilingual French/English approach, together with Arabic and Farsi as appropriate.
Zamân Books was created in the wake of the review Zamân. Textes, images & documents, reborn in 2010 after a hiatus of thirty years. The ongoing annual publication of Zamân enables productive interaction between the two formats, with the review functioning as an intellectual laboratory for projects to be developed by Zamân Books.
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2020
French edition
forthcoming
Ramses Younan -
2020
French edition
forthcoming
The first official monograph project around Ramsès Younan (1913-1966), a major figure and member of the Egyptian surrealists group, this volume gathers an exhaustive catalogue of Younan's paintings, drawings and visual experimentations with an anthology of critical essays about and by the artist.
Prefaces to a book for a Syrian museum
2020
trilingual edition (English / Arabic / French)
The republishing, in the form of a palimpsest, of the prefaces published in the various editions of the catalogue of the Damascus National Museum, from 1919 to the end of the last century.
Hamed Abdalla - Arabecedaire
2018
English edition
This publication examines the place of Egyptian Modernist painter Hamed Abdalla in transnational modern art history. Mobilizing the personal archives and library of the artist, Arabecedaire reflects on Abdalla's journeys and influences, bringing to light a vast and rich body of material which guided his painting practice.
Hamed Abdalla - Arabécédaire
2018
French edition
This publication examines the place of Egyptian Modernist painter Hamed Abdalla in transnational modern art history. Mobilizing the personal archives and library of the artist, Arabécédaire reflects on Abdalla's journeys and influences, bringing to light a vast and rich body of material which guided his painting practice.
Bagdad mon amour - Exhibition Documents
2018
bilingual edition (English / French)
This catalogue examines the strategies deployed by Iraqi contemporary artists to reinvent their heritage, after decades of wars. Focusing on archives, historical collections, and databases, these artists celebrate a visual culture that resists erasure. The publication includes a critical apparatus and detailed presentations of the artists.
Zamân
2017
French edition
The Seventh Issue of Zamâm magazine gathers innovative artists, curators, and art historians to investigate the relationships between the Pacific Region and the Mediterranean Basin, from Morocco to India (with Toni Maraini, Eric Baudelaire, Geeta Kapur, Touda Bouanani, Faouzi Laatiris…).
Gebran Tarazi - Twelve Seasons
2017
bilingual edition (English / French)
This monograph offers a sweeping vision of the work of Lebanese artist Gebran Tarazi, whose paintings combine geometrical abstraction with oriental identity. The publication gathers reproductions of paintings, multidisciplinary projects, a selection of writings by the artist—log books, novel excerpts, correspondences—interviews, and critical texts.
Behdjat Sadr - Traces
2014
bilingual edition (English / French)
Monograph exploring the artistic and intellectual heritage of abstract painter and pioneer of the visual arts in Iran Behdjat Sadr. This richly illustrated publication offers a singular testimony, combining personal writings and press cuttings, critical texts and poetic correspondence.
Zamân
2014
French edition
The “Scenario” issue investigates narrative and speculative processes within both poetic and political fields (science fiction, geopolitics, universal and colonial exhibitions…)
Zamân
2012
French edition
On “heretical Orientalism”: the Sicilian Inquisition in the 17th century, the works of Bahman Mohassess, Marwan, the poems of Etel Adnan…
2021
trilingual edition (English / Arabic / French)
forthcoming
A limited edition artist's book, MNĒMĒ – The Beat of the Wings presents artist Nidhal Chamekh's series of the same name, as 25 independent drawings presented in a portfolio.
Bert Flint - Planète afro-berbère - Les arts transsahariens au Musée Tiskiwin, de Marrakech à Tombouctou
2020
French edition
forthcoming
An augmented reissue of the guide to the Tiskiwin museum in Marrakech, created by collector and anthropologist Bert Flint following his various travels through Transsaharian Africa: a pocket book that aims at sharing with a large audience the great journey of Afro-Berber arts from the Eastern High Atlas to the Niger River; where emerges a visual culture both millennium and contemporary, extending from the Maghreb to Sahel countries.
2020
French edition
forthcoming
A historical and thematic book that aims to tell the adventure of the Casablanca Art School, through a polyphony of stories, experiences and actors.
Zamân
2011
French edition
sold out
This issue explores the legacy of the mythological, religious, and scientific figures from modern Orientalism.
Zamân
2010
French edition
sold out
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