for “An Inventory of Al Mutanabbi Street”
More than 250 book artists are making books related to “An Inventory of Al Mutanabbi Street”, a series of exhbitions coordinated by Beau Beausoleil and Sara Bodman. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic center of Baghdad bookselling and the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community, was devastated by a car bomb on March 5th, 2007. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.
Fragile, is a volume wrapped in paper on which the words “Fragile, Handle with care” have been stenciled then crossed out. The message, “Damaged beyond repair, Discard”, remains. The packaged book, tied tightly with twine and not meant to be opened, focuses on the irreparable loss.