First published in 2022, this second edition published in 2024 and housed in a new printed white bag.
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.
‘By presenting the imagined contents of the phone as a discreet volume and art object, Khaled challenges and disrupts archival and museological hierarchies and insists upon the value of this collection of intimate portraits, screengrabs, and blurred snapshots as an important archival record and commemoration of the anonymous phone’s owner. Safely wrapped in its black plastic sleeve, Fantasies on a Found Phone, Dedicated to the Man Who Lost it offers the lost mobile phone as both a museum and an archive that celebrates the quotidian pleasures of queer life and the public and private spaces in which it is enjoyed.’ – Jessie Roberston, The Brooklyn Rail
This publication was originally made to accompany the first UK solo exhibition by Mahmoud Khaled at The Mosaic Rooms and is co-published by Book Works and The Mosaic Rooms as part of Book Works Co-Series No. 23. Edition of 1,000 copies, soft cover, housed in an opaque bag, 144pp, full colour, 106 mm x 178 mm, designed by Marwan Kaabour.