“What ails us?” is a small-scale library intervention by artist Nour Bishouty loosely playing on systems of reference and data management in contrast to clairvoyance, intuition, and instinct within the contexts of colonial modes of knowledge production. Bishouty inserted small cards within the pages of the BAC’s library books. Each card contains reproductions of illustrated medicinal plants and herbs native to Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria, alongside information on the ailments these plants may have the power to heal. Duplicating and dispersing the content of an old book of natural medicine titled “Herbal Medicine” by Amin Ruwayha, the artist activates elements of chance and dissonance as viable ways of finding.
Nour Bishouty’s 1-130: Selected works Ghassan Bishouty b. 1941 Safad, Palestine – d. 2004 Amman, Jordan is edited by Jacob Korczynski, designed by Laura Pappa & Lotte Lara Schröder and co-published by Art Metropole & Motto Books. Available in our bookshop.