Monday, 11 June 2012
Al Mutanabbi Street: Bombing the Booksellers
I'm looking forward to sending off my copies of the books I'm still making for An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street exhibition. It's been a long and tiring process but for a great cause. This is the background to the event.
"On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. Al-Mutanabbi Street is in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and even tea and tobacco shops. It has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.
The coalition asked each Book Artist who joined the project to complete three books (or other paper material) over the course of a year, books that reflected both the strength and fragility of books, but also showed the endurance of the ideas within them. We asked for work that reflected both the targeted attack on this “street of the booksellers” as well as the ultimate futility of those who try to erase thought."
And here are some more of the books that have been made so far. There is some fantastic work out there, out on the artists' books end of the spectrum, so creativity is the word.