Monumental Shadows: On museums, memory and the making of history is a 320-pages bilingual publication designed by Madrid-based designer Clara Sancho for Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai. The publication, co-published by Art Jameel Publishing and Kaph Books in 2023, features new essays, commissioned works and a myriad of provocations to think through some of the most pressing debates around material heritage and museums today.
The combination of various fonts from 29Letters references the mix of contents of the book (from visual contributions and interviews to fiction and essays) and their provocative nature. In addition, the format, colours and design of the cover (hardcover, dark aubergine, content list on the cover) echoes in an subtle way the aesthetics of museum publications while the interior is a dynamic mix of different typographic styles, layouts and papers.
Edited by Art Jameel curators Nora Razian and Lucas Morin, with an intro by Antonia Carver
Contributions by: Pio Abad, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Rand Abdul Jabbar, Nora Al-Badri, Anahi Alviso-Marino , Noah Angell, 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