Dorothy Krause, USA
|More than 250 book artists are making
books related to "An Inventory of Al Mutanabbi
Street", a series of exhibitions coordinated by Beau
Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman.
Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic centre 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.
My book, Fragile, is a volume wrapped in
paper on which the words "Fragile, Handle
with care" have been stencilled 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.