a project in response to the destruction of a centuries old street of book sellers in Baghdad.
Each artist was asked to submit three books; here is my contribution in responding to the ugly, mindless, fueled by blind fanaticism act of destruction.
The design and content for my Al-Mutanabbi Street book was formed as a therapeutic approach to the strong emotions I felt while reading the “news” of the event; it is based on my belief, hope and wish for humanity's survival. I don't usually have text in my works, but this time I felt necessary to include my written "explanation”:
As long as we breathe,
as long as we reason,
as long as we love and fall in love
There will be stories written,
history will be told
The Al-Mutanabbi streets of the world
will always exist, will always flourish.
|unfolded back view|
for more on Al Mutanabbi Street and the project:
from Huffington Post: Al-Mutanabbi Street: Not Turning the Page
Artists' Books on An inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street
Mutanabbi Street (Arabic: شارع المتنبي) is located in Baghdad, Iraq, near the old quarter of Baghdad; at Al Rasheed Street. It is the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, a street filled with bookstores and outdoor book stalls. It was named after the 10th century classical Iraqi poet Al-Mutanabbi. This street is well established for bookselling and has often been referred to as the heart and soul of the Baghdad literacy and intellectual community.