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Philby No 1

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2017,6017.1

  • Title (object)

    • Philby No 1
  • Description

    Edition 2/6. Photographic pigment print on Hahnemuhle silk baryata 310gms of a narrow view of the outside of a room of a delapidated house, viewing an armchair within the room.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 2015
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 centimetres
    • Width: 67 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This photograph comes from a series of works titled 'The Ever Lasting Now' aiming to document the heritage of the old Balad area in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In this photograph, Emy Kat returned to the house of Harry St. John 'Abdullah' Philby and documented it in its delapidated state, while emphasising the beauty in the remains. Kat's objective is to preserve the Hejaz heritage at this moment in time in the present state of decay, using notions of nostalgia and appreciation of beauty.

    Kat asks the questions 'what happened to this heritage?' 'Why has it been neglected for so long?' and 'what can be done to preserve it?'

    http://emykat.com/art/Projects_files/TheEverlastingNowEMYKAT-1.pdf

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2017

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    2017,6017.1

Edition 2/6. Photographic pigment print on Hahnemuhle silk baryata 310gms of a narrow view of the outside of a room of a delapidated house, viewing an armchair within the room.

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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