Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive

Fehras Publishing Practices try to understand publishing practices in their relation to the political and cultural realm. Therefore the observation of archiving practices, cataloging systems, and their political dimension become a part of this investigation.

In the wake of the digitization of archives and libraries, the collective looks into new tendencies of how institutions and universities make specific inventories accessible to research aims. This movement raises questions about the ownership of the archive and new ways of writing history.

In this regard, Fehras decided to open their archive and make it accessible digitally to the public. The digital archive presented as a part of this installation gathers the archive of Borrowed Faces, which Fehras are collecting and commenting on since 2018. The visitors are invited to browse various entities such as publishers, magazines, institutions, etc., and read commented documents. The digital archive also offers the possibility of exploring possible connections between these entities. These connections aim to graphically present the complexity of cultural production and the interrelation between politics, culture, and funding on a global level.

This digital archive and The research of Borrowed Faces is facilitated with the support from Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme for 2020/21.

Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive
Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive
Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive
Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive


Borrowed Faces: The Digital Archive, 2021, installation, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view in the solo exhibition
Borrowed Faces: The Second Chapter, Fehras publishing Practices, Berliner F├Ârderprogramm K├╝nstlerische Forschung, 2021
Borrowed Faces: The Research Hub, 2021, installation, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view in the solo exhibition
Borrowed Faces: Future Recall, Fehras publishing Practices, The Mosaic Rooms, London, 2021

Editors
Fehras Publishing Practices – Kenan Darwich, Omar Nicolas, Sami Rustom

Design
Fehras Publishing Practices

Development
Studio ABO