On March 5, 2007, a car bomb was used to destroy the book market in Al Mutanabbi Street, the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.
The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition sent out a call to letterpress printers to contribute a personal response to the attack – to produce broadsides which would protest and commemorate the bombing on Al-Mutanabbi Street.
This first call for artists produced 130 broadsides that now are travelling around the world in a series of exibitions: a small selection is now visible in London till the 27th of August at the Westminster Reference Library
The second part of the project involves book artists and asks to complete three books, or other paper material, in the course of a year, that reflect both the strength and fragility of books, but also show the endurance of the ideas within them.
I joined the project at the beginning of this year and since then I have been experimenting with alterations and destructive methods on the tactile and volumetric quality of books.