Taking Refuge: Weaving Memory and History in Comics – An Interview with Zeina Abirached

In this interview the celebrated Lebanese comics artist and illustrator Zeina Abirached talks with Rasha Chatta (EUME Fellow 2017–19) about the sources of inspiration for her work. Beirut has been central to her artistic vision as she draws on family stories and childhood memories, weaving them with archival material. Abirached has achieved a unique visual aesthetics, experimenting with modes of documentation in graphic form, and dealing with representations of spaces of conflict and experiences of loss.
This interview is related to a public in-conversation with Zeina Abirached, Rasha Chatta, and Aaron Tugendhaft that took place on 7 March 2019 at Cabinet Magazine Berlin. The event was organized by EUME in a cooperation with Bard College Berlin.


Forum Transregionale Studien

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and the rest of Germany, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions.

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