Falling Gently 2011
Mavina Baker, UK
|Family grief lent a bitter edge to
my thoughts for this project. A project which grew out of hurt and
death. I thought of all those that lost loved ones and the fragility
of life and the strength of a family to endure such loss when it
is out of time. The project is both a lament and a commemoration
of the singular power of words; words said, words not said, words
written and words remembered.
The targeted attack on this 'street of the booksellers', such indiscriminate
brute force to maim and kill, is ultimately futile.
Books and libraries have been destroyed countless times, since 48
BC with the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, through Nazi
Germany up to and including al-Mutanabbi Street. But, books will
persevere because of the people who make them.
And, as reliable as the turning of the seasons more poets, writers,
artists and philosophers will bring their ideas into the light.