Book launch: Fantasies on a Found Phone, Dedicated to the Man Who Lost it

23 September 2022, 6.30pm
The Photographers’ Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street
London, W1F 7LW
Free. More details/RSVP

Join artist Mahmoud Khaled and designer Marwan Kaabour as they discuss their collaboration on the new artist book Fantasies on a Found Phone, Dedicated to the Man Who Lost it, co-published by Book Works and The Mosaic Rooms to accompany Mahmoud Khaled‘s first UK solo exhibition of the same name.

Drawn from an unlocked phone, found in a public toilet, the images and texts present a portrait of a stranger. Moving between the erotic, intimate, baroque and everyday, the compulsive sequence of images references the dissonant and voyeuristic experience of scrolling through social media and swiping in dating apps, and the clash of hyper-capitalist forces of productivity and technology with the intimacy of a queer male gaze.

This event is presented in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery.

Mahmoud Khaled was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and currently works in Berlin. His practice is both process oriented and multidisciplinary, can be regarded as formal and philosophical ruminations on art as a form of political activism, and a space for critical reflection. He has presented in international solo shows and group shows such as Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2019), Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (2018), Istanbul Biennale (2017), Sharjah Bienniale (2017), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016). He was a guest artist at the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin programme in 2020.

Marwan Kaabour is an independent graphic designer and visual artist from Beirut. He moved to London in 2011 to pursue a master’s degree in Graphic Design from the London College of Communication, then joined Barnbrook – one of the UK’s most formidable and celebrated design agencies – as Designer and later Senior Designer. He founded his own design practice in 2020, where he continues working and collaborating with artists and art institutions. In 2019, he founded Takweer, a platform that explores and archives queer narratives in Arab history and popular culture.

Book launch: Fantasies on a Found Phone, Dedicated to the Man Who Lost it; ; 2022; | Commission: Co-Series Artist: Khaled, Mahmoud; | Publisher: Book Works and The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation: | Designer: Marwan Kaabour