Lizanne van Essen, UK
|In making this book I wanted to reflect
the horror of the explosion in Al-Mutanabbi Street - the chaos of
a world interrupted by a bomb, the pain of lost lives and the destruction
of books and words and dreams - and anticipate optimism and the
resurrection of learning. Bad memories changing into hope for the
future through the indomitable spirit of the inhabitants of Iraq.
The book provides an immediate opportunity to form a time line as
it unfolds - leading from despair to hope, from memory to anticipation.
Arms are thrown out in pain and anguish, whilst hands reach out
in friendship and help. The black and red of the hurt and anarchy
of the explosion mix with the white of peace, healing and future
tranquillity, whilst the green of the doves' eyes completes the
colours of the Iraqi flag - the symbol of the nation.