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J Carrier, Alaa Abu Asad’s Wild Plants: An Interview

J Carrier, Alaa Abu Asad’s Wild Plants: An Interview


Alaa Abu Asad, The Dog Chased its Tail to Bite it Off, 2018-present (ongoing).

Alaa Abu Asad is an artist, researcher, and photographer. Language and plants are central themes through which he develops alternative trajectories where values of (re)presentation, translation, viewing, reading, and understanding can intersect. His work takes the form of writing, film, and interactive installations, in which he visually represents his research and explores the boundaries of languages.

J Carrier, working with the photobook, uses photography as a form of language, leveraging the medium’s ambiguity to provoke questions about what and how we see, and how we might understand. The book, and the extended photographic series, rather than simplifying or essentializing, resists the camera’s indexical limits and carries an increased capacity to reflect our layered existence, and mirrors the iterative, cumulative, and recursive approach he uses to navigate the world and make pictures.

His first monograph, Elementary Calculus (MACK Books, 2012), photographed in Israel and Palestine, was selected as a notable book of 2012 by many critics and publications, including TIME magazine, included in The International Center of Photography’s Triennial exhibition, and collected in the library collections of MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMoMA, and Tate Museum. J has published three books with Brooklyn-based TIS books: Untitled 1 (2014), Untitled 2 (2016) and most recently, The Folly (2021). Mi´raj, the second volume in his Israel/Palestine trilogy, will be published Summer 2023 (TIS Books).

He lives with his family in central Vermont and works as an assistant professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

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