JALAL TOUFIC is a writer, film theorist, and artist. He is the author of Distracted (1991; 2nd ed., 2003), (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film (1993; 2nd ed., 2003), Over-Sensitivity (1996), Forthcoming (2000), Undying Love, or Love Dies (2002), Two or Three Things I’m Dying to Tell You (2005), and ‘Âshûrâ’: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (2005). His videos and mixed-media works have been presented internationally, in such venues as Artists Space, in New York; Witte de With, in Rotterdam; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, in Barcelona; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, in Kassel; the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens; and the 16th International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) in a “Focus Jalal Toufic” program. He co-edited the special Discourse issue Gilles Deleuze: A Reason to Believe in this World, and edited the special Discourse issues Middle Eastern Films Before Thy Gaze Returns to Thee and Mortals to Death as well as the Review of Photographic Memory (Arab Image Foundation, 2004). He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, California Institute of the Arts, USC, and, in Amsterdam, DasArts and the Rijksakademie.
Jalal Toufic resides and works in Lebanon.
'Âshûrâ': This Blood Spilled in My Veins, 2005, video still
Courtesy of the artist