Monumental Shadows – Book Launch with Marian Pastor Roces and Dima Srouji

Join us for the launch of Monumental Shadows: On museums, memory, and the making of history, a publication by Art Jameel and Kaph Books. 

Critic and independent curator Marian Pastor Roces, and artist and designer Dima Srouji will be in conversation with publication editor Nora Razian.

Stemming from the group exhibition ‘Phantom Limb‘ at Jameel Arts Centre in 2019, the publication includes commissioned essays, interviews, and visual contributions from artists and writers currently exploring the terrain of material heritage, colonial heritage, reparation and museology. It gives room to speculation and imagination in dealing with these histories. 

Monumental Shadows features contributions from Pio Abad, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Rand Abdul Jabbar, Nora Al-Badri, Anahi Alviso-Marino, Noah Angell, Ariella Aisha Azoulay, Haytham El Wardany, Faustin Linyekula, Omar Berrada, Jumana Manna, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Marian Pastor Roces, Gala Porras-Kim, Michael Rakowitz, Uzma Z. Rizvi, Alya Sebti, Dima Srouji, Akram Zaatari, and is edited by Nora Razian. 

Admission is free and open to the public. RSVP is needed.
The publication is available at the Art Jameel Shop and online

Marian Pastor Roces lives and works in Manila. She is an independent curator and critic of institutions. Published internationally, her critical writing is sustained by an enduring engagement with social justice concerns in museology, clothing, cities, contemporary art and cultural change. 

She notably curated four Philippine Pavilions for World Expos Aichi, Zaragoza, Shanghai, and Dubai; with the Zaragoza and Aichi Pavilions awarded the best-designed pavilions in the world. In her work as an institutional critic, Roces lectures widely in the world and is published internationally, by, among other imprints, The MIT Press (Massachusetts), Actes Sud (Paris), Harry Abrams, Inc. (New York), and so forth.

Dima Srouji lives and works in London and Ramallah. She is an architect, artist, and researcher interested in the ground, objects, displacement, restitution, forgeries and living archives.

At the Royal College of Art, London, Dima leads the MA City Design studio focused on archaeological sites in Palestine as sites of urban struggle. Her practice explores the power of the ground, its strata, and its artefacts in revealing silenced narratives and embedded intergenerational memories.

Dima holds an M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture and a B. Arch (Hons) from Kingston School of Art. She founded Hollow Forms, a glass-blowing project with the Twam family in Jaba’, Palestine, in 2016. She was Jameel Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2022.

Monumental Shadows: On museums, memory, and the making of history

Publication Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023
Language: English and Arabic
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 22 x 28 cm
Weight: 1200g
ISBN: 978-614-8035-45-6
Number of Pages: 320
Publisher: Kaph Books and Art Jameel