Dear Aisha, Volume 1 - Daniel Bejar
Several years ago the New York Times reported that Muammar Gaddafi’s fugitive son had tried to use the artist Daniel Bejar’s name on a fake passport. In response, Bejar shaved his head, grew a beard and began a long-term performance impersonating the disgraced heir himself.
There was a winter at a Mexican safe-house, security guards, fake documents…Then Bejar received a scam email from someone claiming to be the Gaddafi’s millionaire daughter, Aisha. One of those “Dear Sir” emails sent out, randomly, en masse. Except Bejar wrote back: Sister, it’s me.
Over the following months, Bejar drew his counterfeit sibling into a bizarre, collaborative work of autofiction.
This is their collected correspondence.
A meditation on disguise and belonging and a material melodrama of high and low—bespoke typography, spam ads, typos. Together they render a wry portrait of our age of digital fakery and self-reinvention.
Published by Ligature press, 2021
Edition of 250 copies
180 x 108 mm