Archives & Crimes by Iman Mersal

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Archives & Crimes by Iman Mersal (translated by Robin Moger).

A dead body may be full of holes, an archive may have missing documents. What happened here? To comprehend a story, we take partial evidence and try to fill in the gaps. We research to unlock the mystery, urgently, forensically. We gather what we can, and solve it, or invent an explanation and close the case, or we abandon it, leaving the story to stare back at us across time.

Part crime literature and part archival research, exploring how different modes of investigation converge and diverge.

From the new 'Howdunnit' series published by Kayfa-ta & Archive Books, 2022.