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Expanding and Remaining

010_06 / 14 November 2016

Expanding and Remaining is a PDF made up of thirty-six images of paintings. Each painting is derived directly from a page of Dabiq, the official (and recently discontinued) propaganda magazine of IS (Islamic State). Almost all of the thirty-six pages are taken from Issue 5 of the publication series, also named Expanding and Remaining,  an issue distributed at the 'height' of the magazine's fame online and in the media. The work investigates the structures of IS propaganda rather than its content by concentrating on the graphic design compositions of each page. As a magazine that exists only as a PDF, the layouts follow the traditional forms of a printed magazine, but without ever having any physical manifestation. The paintings address this physicality, painted in a palette of RGB and CMYK to combine the colour values of print and screen. In PDF form, the work comes full circle, taking on its mantle of 'the poor image' – jpegs of paintings of PDFs of Indesign files.


Download the PDF of Expanding and Remaining by clicking on the image below.




Read an interview about this project, and the artist's wider practice, here.


About the author

Navine G. Khan-Dossos

Navine G. Khan-Dossos is a visual artist, based in Athens. Her interests include Orientalism in the digital realm, geometry as information and decoration, image calibration, and Aniconism in contemporary culture.


Khan-Dossos studied History of Art at Cambridge University, Arabic at Kuwait University, Islamic Art at the Prince's School of Traditional Art in London, and holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. In 2014/2015, she was a participant at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL).


She has exhibited and worked with various institutions, including The Museum of Islamic Art (Doha), Witte de With (Rotterdam), The Delfina Foundation (London), The Library of Amiens (Amiens), Leighton House Museum (London), The Benaki Museum (Athens) and the A.M. Qattan Foundation (Ramallah). She has published work in The White Review and The Happy Hypocrite.