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Jan 03, 2022

Bending the Rules of Independent Print Publishing

Mohamad Abdouni

About this video


After several attempts to follow different pre-existing publishing models over many years, Mohamad took a break from publishing for a while, only to dive back into it with a new perspective. This new perspective centred on an organic workflow and a new title that quickly cemented itself as a reference point for queer publishing in the Arab region. Join Mohamad as he shares his story and what he has learned over 10 years experience working in publishing. He’ll offer advice on going rogue, shedding titles and bending the rules to fit your own perspective and aspirations.


Mohamad Abdouni

Mohamad is the Editor in-Chief and Creative Director of COLD CUTS magazine, the photo journal exploring queer cultures in the SWANA region. His personal projects focus on the untold stories of Beirut and uncovering the rich yet eradicated queer histories of the Arab-speaking region through several documentaries, publications and photo stories that have been exhibited and published in festivals and publications from around the globe. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Foam Gallery in Amsterdam, the Institute of Islamic Culture in Paris and in festivals around Europe such as IQMF and the Leeds Queer Film Festival. He has worked with the likes of The New York Times, Vogue US, Vogue Italia, Burberry, Gucci, Slate, Fendi, Farfetch, King Kong, Vice UK and L’Officiel.