| The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK
An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street
6th February – 29th July 2013
This exhibition is the result of a project conceived by poet Beau Beausoleil and artist Sarah Bodman to ‘re-assemble’ the ‘inventory’ of reading material that was lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5 March 2007 – an attack in which more than 30 people died and more than 100 were wounded.
Book artists from around the world were asked to produce 3 book works each which reflected both the strength and fragility of books, but also showed the endurance of the ideas within them, in response to the attack on the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.
The exhibition runs until 29th July and new books will continue to be added to the display as they are completed and delivered. There will be over 260 books produced and displayed by the end of the exhibition. You can read a review of the exhibition by Martin Wainwright of the Guardian. You can view a selection of photographs from the exhibition by Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Northerner.
Parallel shows are being exhibited at:
A complete set of all 260 books will be donated to the collection of the Iraq National Library later this year.
The exhibitions will be touring over the next few years to venues around the world, with panel discussions, readings and debates. For a complete list of planned exhibitions in the tour to date:
Curator tour – Tuesday 5 March 13.00-14.00 FREE
Elephants’ stamping – Thursday 14 March 14.00-16.00 FREE
Build-a-book – Friday 26 April 13.00-16.00 FREE