Abandoned Dwellings: A History of Beirut

By Gregory Buchakjian

AED 350.00

Over the past 150 years, Beirut has witnessed a cycle of unbridled growth, war, economic and social crises and migratory movements. It is in this territory ceaselessly destroyed and rebuilt, broken and regenerated, that Gregory Buchakjian has undertaken an artistic project and a research devoted to abandoned dwellings.

Disclosing the survey of 744 buildings, the collection of archives and testimonies, a PhD thesis and the creation of photographic tableaux with the subjects surrounded by sagging furniture and mounds of rubbish, the process that constitutes the present book proposes new perspectives towards the city as well as instruments to reclaim it at times it is confronted with various forms of violence.


Gregory Buchakjian (b. 1971) is an art historian and visual interdisciplinary artist, Université Paris IV Sorbonne PhD, director of the School of Visual Arts at Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts – Alba. His work focuses on city and history with books such as Fouad Elkoury, Passing Time (Kaph Books: 2017) and Traversées Photographiques. Le journal du Docteur Cottard (Arab Image Foundation: 2017). In 2018, he released the publication Abandoned Dwellings, A History of Beirut (Beirut, Kaph Books: 2018, Valerie Cachard, ed.) and the exhibition Abandoned Dwellings, Display of Systems, at Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2018, curated by Karina El Helou.



24cm x 29cm

240 Pages


Published by Kaph Books