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Presence, absence and PalestineFor his Beirut solo, "Sand Comes Through the Window," Taysir Batniji had to redo pieces from one of his major series from scratch.Batniji says that creating the work, over two decades after Mayssara's death, not only brought back memories of his brother but of other family members and his life back then.After exhibition during Art Dubai, the emirate's yearly art fair, AGAP-commissioned works became the property of Abraaj Capital, the former private equity fund, which promised to make these pieces available to exhibitors. Artists were allowed to produce copies of their commissioned works, an option Batniji didn't pursue.Abraaj collapsed last year, and Batniji says he's been unable to access the series since.Batniji's works illustrate how far contemporary photographers have pushed the form's boundaries since the classical approach of Irving Penn, whose images were featured for the MIC's inaugural exhibition earlier this year.
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