21 May, 2012

An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street

260 printmakers from around the world commemorating the bombing Of Al-Mutanabbi Street in an artists book

The bombing Of Al-Mutanabbi Street - a street full of booksellers - in Iraq on the 5th of March 2007 represents a fear of freedom. In response to the bombing, Beau Beausoleil (USA) and Sarah Bodman (UK) - co-curators of the assemblage of printmakers' books, ‘An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street’- invited 260 printmakers from around the world to create an artists printmakers' book to reflect on this act. The books would become part of the art collection of the National Library of Iraq. The books will also tour to various international Libraries, Universities and Book Arts Centres. For further details of the project and where it will be exhibited go to:  http://www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com/index.html
Marie-Therese Wisniowski has written the rationale behind the creation of her contribution - ‘Beyond the Fear Of Freedom’. You can read the rationale and see images of the book at: http://artquill.blogspot.com.au
The rationale will be up on the artquill blog site for a week and thereafter it will be in the blog archives for those who may be interested - It will be archived under May 12th 2012.
It is her second book on her trilogy on Iraq, the first being – ‘Not in My Name’ -  the rationale behind ‘Not in My Name’ can be located at: http://artquill.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/letter-to-friend-making-of-artist.html

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