Friday, September 25, 2015

our evening with THE STATE

Last night we had a gathering in the shop with editor Ahmad Makia from Dubai based independent publication THE STATE. We talked about the different volumes of the title that zoom in on language, smell, the city of Dubai. The State is a place in the city that exists online and in print but is also a space where people come in to organise events, lectures, debates. The State was set up by Ahmad and Rahel Aima. We talked about censorship, the influence of literary magazines on the publication, publishing in the UAE, the We Love Print collective  (WTD, The Carton, The Outpost, The State) and how the titles work together.
It was interesting to learn more about the print and what the group does outside of the publication, since we only knew the hard copies. They change size and shape with every new volume and have fantastic designs and rich content. We still have them all in stock. 
Thanks Ahmad for joining us and Nikos Doulos for taking some pictures.

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