Product Code: 1098

Defragmentation, guest publication - Nora Adwan, Mathijs van Geest, Lana Sirri, Irmgard Emmelhainz



The publication Defragmentation presents an overview of Nora Adwan's latest project created between 2019–2022 and includes commissioned texts and essays by translator, writer and researcher Irmgard Emmelhainz and researcher and scholar Dr. Lana Sirri.

The collection of artworks that make-up Defragmentation brings together photography, film, installation, woodcuts and sound as one collective body of work, conveying splintered memories, stories and sensations, in an attempt to unpack and distinguish aspects of diaspora heritage.


Nora Adwan lives and works in Norway. In her artworks she draws on different geographical contexts and personal experiences. Her narratives are conveyed through a combination of poetry, fiction, and documentary, where translation and the shift in languages is used as central elements. She brings together photography, film, installation, woodcuts and sound to convey splintered memories, stories and sensations.

Her works has been shown at SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), e-flux Video Platform, Lydgalleriet (Bergen), Hordaland Kunstsenter (Bergen), Kunsthall Stavanger (Stavanger) and Astrup Fearnley Museet (Oslo).


Irmgard Emmelhainz is an independent translator,writer and researcher based in Anahuac Valley (Mexico City). Her work about film, the Palestine Question, art, culture and neoliberalism has been translated to Indonesian, Portuguese, Persian, Korean, Chinese, German, Italian, Norwegian, French, English, Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Serbian and has been published in an array of international publications and she has presented it at an array of international venues. Her book The Sky is Incomplete: Travel Chronicles in Palestine is forthcoming with Vanderbilt. Jean-Luc Godard’s Political Filmmaking (Palgrave Macmillan in 2019) and Toxic Loves, Impossible Futures: Feminist Lives as Resistance (Vanderbilt, 2021) are her most recent books.

Lana Sirri completed her Ph.D. studies at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2016, and was appointed assistant professor for gender and religion at Maastricht University (2016-2021). Her research lies at the intersection of religion and gender and critically explores Islamic feminist thought, emphasizing its historical development and its diverse theoretical frameworks and methodologies, focusing on the conceptualization of religion, gender, and sexuality. Sirri successfully acquired the Dutch Research Council (NWO) research grant and will conduct research , tentatively entitled “Women on the Front Lines of Social and Political Change: A Case Study of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries" at the University of Amsterdam (2022-2026). The research explores the uncaptured manifestations of ‘Islamic feminisms’ and decolonializes Arabic feminist scholarship. Sirri is the vice president of the International Association for the study of Religion and Gender (IARG), and an associate expert of the Centre for Intersectional Justice (CIJ).She is a co-founder of the Berlin Muslim Feminist Group and the Black and PoC Academic Network in Germany.

The book is a publishing project between Nora Adwan and Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen, Norway. Hordaland Kunstsenter is a resource centre for contemporary art in the context of the Vestland region in Norway. Our core activity includes a public program of exhibitions, events and conversations, mediation and educational projects, as well as projects that has to do with art in public space. The art centre includes a bookshop, a café and an all-year-round residency program


Nora Adwan
Edited: Mathijs van Geest
Texts: Irmgard Emmelhainz and Dr. Lana Sirri
Published: Hordaland Kunstsenter, 2022
Language: English
Number of pages: 84
Weight: 295 g.
Dimensions: 24 x 16,5 x 1cm.
ISBN: 97882 93366102