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Notes on The Magic of the State

Notes on the Magic of the State explores the concept of magic and its relationship to power, specifically in regards to the formation of state identity, notions of modern sovereignty and politics.

The book, in English and Arabic, accompanies The Magic of the State, two interconnected exhibitions held at Beirut in Cairo and Lisson Gallery in London in Spring 2013, which were set against a backdrop of political upheaval in Egypt.

Notes on the Magic of the State is a compendium on art, magic and politics, featuring essays, fiction and true stories with contributions by Jonathan Allen, Will Bradley, Michael Taussig, Ryan Gander and many more.