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Evidence is the cumulation of six years work on political disappearance by the photographer Diana Matar. Years ago the artist’s father-in-law, a Libyan opposition leader, was kidnapped by the Egyptian secret service and handed over to the Gaddafi regime; he has been missing ever since.
The first third of the book is a meditation on absence told through photographs and excerpts of letters written by the artist to her missing father-in-law, Jaballa. Slowly the book begins to change as it is made clear that Jaballa’s actions have implications for her own life and her family’s safety. As she travels through London, Libya, Italy and California, the images and diary entries take one on a journey through contemporary history. Crafted as an homage to one man, the book shows the cruel effects of dictatorship on intimate relationships and family life.

Conflict, Time, Photography
26th November 2014 – 15th March 2015
Tate Modern
Bankside London
SE1 9TG London
United Kingdom
This exhibition will travel onto Museum Folkswang in Essen,
and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden during 2015.

Photographs by Diana Matar
Schilt Publishing
Format: 19 x 24 cm.
Hardbound with cloth cover and embossed photo
176 pages with 67 photos in full colour
ISBN 978 90 5330 824 2
£38 | $60 | €45

Evidence by Diana Matar 
Thursday 27th November from 7-8.30pm
talk by philosopher Devorah Baum
Purdy Hicks Gallery
65 Hopton Street
London SE1 9GZ