Wall drawing, Centre Pompidou, Cosmopolis #1
Background information about our research process:
During summer 2015 we began research at the unique Faris & Yamn Naff Arab American Collection at the Smithsonian Archive Center in Washington DC. Alixa Naff, founder of this collection, travelled through the United States from the 1960’ s through to the 1980’s to collect small stories of ordinary people from Middle Eastern decent, bringing us a fresh look at what it means to be Arab-American.
We spent weeks exploring the archive to find remains of first generation immigrants who arrived in the United States from as early as 1880. The Alixa Naff collection brings together personal archives of photographs, documents and sound recordings. Foundland will be working to bring together an exhibition about our findings during the upcoming year.