Jalal Toufic was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of, among other books, (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film (1993; 2nd ed., 2003), Forthcoming(2000), The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster (2009), What Is the Sum of Recurrently? (2010) and What Were You Thinking? (2011). Many of his books, most of which were published by Forthcoming Books, are available for download as PDFs at www.jalaltoufic.com.
In 2011–12, he was a participant in Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany; Sharjah Biennial, UAE; Shanghai Biennale, China; Athens Biennale, Greece; Meeting Points 6, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon, and Argos, Brussels, Belgium; Art in the Auditorium III, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, and GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy, among other venues; and Wunder, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany. He was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program for the year 2011.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 11 and 10
My experience of collaborating in an untimely manner with Gus Van Sant was not a happy one.
'How to Read an Image Past a Surpassing Disaster?, is composed of six images: five photographs as well as a printout (that includes two photos) of the Ottoman translation of the first paragraph of my book The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster.'
This catalogue accompanied Sharjah Biennial 11.