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A Palm Tree Bows to the Moon

Ayla Hibri


The book juxtaposes photographs capturing archetypes, events and motifs that inform the spirit as it journeys through different life stages in search of inner wholeness.

Hibri shows us that by tuning in to the universe’s interventions, patterns and synchronicities, and perceiving them as carriers of symbolic markers, we can be alerted to the mysterious which hides in plain sight, such that order can emerge from the chaos of being. These phenomena have meanings which can stretch from the mundane to the cosmic, by virtue of the beholder's imagination.

They propose a way of looking that acknowledges and unveils the intertwining of the visible and the invisible, of the conscious and unconscious in relation to the self and the environment it dwells in.

About the Artist

Ayla Hibri

Ayla Hibri is a visual artist with a BA in interior Architecture from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) followed by a degree in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). For the last decade Hibri has been in constant travel, shifting environments to maintain a continuum of displacement and discovery. Through the act of walking, exploring, and active observation, she has collected an expansive archive of visual data on the psychogeography of places and aspects of the human condition. She has exhibited widely in different galleries, institutions and festivals such as Jaou Tunis, Tunisia (2018); 87 Artistes Pour Le Peuple Kurde Paris, France (2016); Red studios, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2015); ISTANBUL’74 gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (2014); Cuadro Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2013); Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (2013), Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2011) and more. In addition, many of Ayla’s photographic series (such as Yemeni bike riders, Turkish oil wrestlers, Eritrean Metal welders and others) have been featured in different publications worldwide including The Guardian, The Wire, Brownbook Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Kaleidoscope and more. A Palm Tree Bows To The Moon (published by Kaph Books) is her second book after The Real Prince (published by OODEE).

Technical Details

Publication Date:
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
26.5 x 19.5 cm
Number of Pages:
Kaph Books
The Arts

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A Palm Tree Bows to the Moon by Ayla Hibri / Book Signing

Librairie Flammarion, Centre Pompidou - Paris, France
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A Palm Tree Bows to The Moon by Ayla Hibri // Book Launch and Exhibition Opening

Abroyan Factory, Bourj Hammoud - Beirut, Lebanon