The book is available in two on-demand versions at different sizes and price: Full Color, soft cover, 84 pages.

7 x 9 inches at VioVio
Beginning at $30, for a soft cover, or more depending on the paper and binding.
6 x 8.25 inches at Amazon
$18.95. Published by Arc Light Books.

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“World of Books” offers a symbolic replacement of books lost in the bombing of Al-Mutannabi Street. I sent a request to friends and colleagues around the world, inviting them to send me a photo of a bookshelf. I pictured making a book that would reconstruct an international library of book shelves.
“World of Books” offers a symbolic replacement of books lost in the bombing of Al-Mutannabi Street. I sent a request to friends and colleagues around the world, inviting them to send me a photo of a bookshelf. I pictured making a book that would reconstruct an international library of book shelves.

 

The book consists of 62 photographs which were sent to me on-line, from places as diverse as Azerbaijan and Massachusetts. Many came from my colleagues in the artists’ book field. The pictures communicate a deep attachment to books, and represent our ability to exchange information freely and without censorship.
The book consists of 62 photographs which were sent to me on-line, from places as diverse as Azerbaijan and Massachusetts. Many came from my colleagues in the artists’ book field. The pictures communicate a deep attachment to books, and represent our ability to exchange information freely and without censorship.

 

Each of the photographs in the book is accompanied by a statement. The following is excerpted from the book: Irada Al Jabbouri, Baghdad, Iraq When I was little I used to hear people say “When you’re abroad, in a strange place, money is your homeland.” Then, I didn’t understand the meaning of “homeland” nor the value of money. In my twenties, I knew that the homeland was a place with people we loved and memories we were keen to preserve. In my thirties I knew that the homeland was a place we loved, where we had a library and a tree which, whenever we passed it, we’d say, “This is my favorite tree.” When we began losing people because they died or emigrated, and it became difficult to see places and trees, the homeland became shelves crammed with books, like children waiting at the window for their mother to come back home. (Translated by Maysoon Pachachi in London.)
Each of the photographs in the book is accompanied by a statement. The following is excerpted from the book:
Irada Al Jabbouri, Baghdad, Iraq
When I was little I used to hear people say “When you’re abroad, in a strange place, money is your homeland.” Then, I didn’t understand the meaning of “homeland” nor the value of money. In my twenties, I knew that the homeland was a place with people we loved and memories we were keen to preserve. In my thirties I knew that the homeland was a place we loved, where we had a library and a tree which, whenever we passed it, we’d say, “This is my favorite tree.” When we began losing people because they died or emigrated, and it became difficult to see places and trees, the homeland became shelves crammed with books, like children waiting at the window for their mother to come back home.
(Translated by Maysoon Pachachi in London.)

 

The Al-Mutannabi Street Coalition
The Al-Mutannabi Street Coalition sponsors exhibitions of artists’ books and broadsides which honor freedom of expression. Named after the 10th Century Arab poet, this street has been the historic heart of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community for centuries. In March 2007, a car bomb was detonated on the street, killing and wounding many. Soon afterward the Al-Mutannabi Street Coalition was formed to commemorate not only the tragic loss of life, but also the idea of a targeted attack on a street where ideas have always been exchanged. The Coalition has issued invitations to artists, writers and printers to create art that speaks to these ideas for presentation in exhibitions and readings worldwide. More information on the Coalition and its events can be found on-line. The artists’ book exhibition is called An Inventory of Al-Mutannabi Street, and is curated by Beau Beausoleil, overlandbooks@earthlink.net and Sarah Bodman, Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk

 

Photo by Sas Colby, taken at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland, California
Photo by Sas Colby, taken at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland, California

Completed
March 2012

Dimensions
9” x 7” x 1 1/8”

Medium
Archival ink-jet printing on acid free paper, Coptic binding, linen board covers with title stamped in red foil. 78 pages.

First Edition of five hand bound copies printed at Electric Works, San Francisco.

Three of these books will be circulating in international exhibitions sponsored by the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, from 2013 to 2015.