2016 has seen an explosion in Factum Foundation projects around the world; in places such as Chad, Italy, Egypt, the US, Daghestan, Spain, Lebanon, Jordan, Scotland to name a few.
What has become totally clear is that high-resolution documentation of cultural heritage must be done in times of peace, before war and political instability render access to the sites all but impossible.
The Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative, currently underway in Egypt, is the Foundation’s longest running and most ambitious project in the field of cultural conservation. At its core is the transfer of skills and technologies to a local workforce, ensuring that the documentation and preservation of cultural heritage benefits the local community. This approach is elegantly efficient and demonstrates what can be achieved with very limited funding.
A similar approach has been developed in Daghestan, in the Russian Federation, with the Peri Foundation where we are working in the State Archives and in the mosque at Kala-Koreysh.
This work has resulted in the training and equipping of local technicians who are now applying the technologies to other sites in Russia. This work will be the subject of a session at the World Cultural Forum in St Petersburg on the 2nd December.
On the 21st November The New Yorker magazine published a ten-thousand-word piece about Factum Arte and Factum Foundation. The article, written by Daniel Zalewski, the features editor who spent several days in Factum, focused on projects such as the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative in Egypt and the programmes in Daghestan, Nigeria and Chad. Read the full article here
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