Evidence is the accumulation 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 Ghadaffi regime; he has been missing 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 on her own life and 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, this moving and most personal book exposes the inhuman effects of dictatorship on intimate relationships and family life.
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