Matteo Rubbi +
Visual Artist, Italy
Matteo Rubbi is a visual artist. He has been an artist-in-residence at Le Pavillon du Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009); ASU Art Museum, Arizona, US (2012); Montalvo Art Center, California, US (2017). In 2011, he won the 8th Furla Prize, and in 2015 he was selected for the public art program ArtLine in Milan. He has held solo shows in institutions such as Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; GAMeC, Bergamo; Combine Studios ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona. His work has been on view as part of group shows at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Paris; CNAC Le Magasin, Grenoble; PAC, Milan; GAMeC, Bergamo; GAM, Milan.
Learn more: matteorubbi.com
Zeyn Joukhadar +
Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of the novels The Map of Salt and Stars (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster 2018) and The Thirty Names of Night (Atria/Simon & Schuster 2020) and a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI). His work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review Daily, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. The Map of Salt and Stars was a 2018 Middle East Book Award winner and a 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist. He has been an artist in residence at Montalvo Arts Center in California; the Fes Medina Project in Fes, Morocco; Beit al-Atlas in Beirut, Lebanon; and the Arab American National Museum in Michigan.
The Atlas of Marvels
Matteo Rubbi and Zeyn Joukhadar will conduct research for a visual and narrative star atlas entitled The Atlas of Wonders. Their collaboration aims to examine trans-Mediterranean relationships and cultural exchange through the night sky. The atlas will visualize both Western and Arab constellations, and star names, constellations, and accompanying legends will be given in Arabic, English, and other Mediterranean languages. The title references one of the project’s sources, a work compiled in Egypt between 1020-1050 AD entitled Kitab Ghara’ib al-Funun wa Mulah al-Uyun, roughly translated to The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes.