Offering – Front of Book

 

Another post I have wanted to do for a long time. Coming up to the anniversary of this event I’ve finally got round to doing it.  Below is the description of the project taken from UWE Website.
 
“Twenty six people from the USA and the UK were asked to make personal contributions to this artist’s book, organised by Angie Butler and Natalie McGrorty. Each artist involved in the collaboration was supplied with the name of an individual who was killed in the 2007 car bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, to whom their work would be dedicated. These names were provided by an Iraqi refugee, Mousa Al-Naseri, who was working at the time of the bombing as a sales representative for a large stationery company in Baghdad. Mousa walked Al-Mutanabbi Street several times a week taking orders from bookstores and stationery shops. He came to know many of those on this list personally. His brother, who still has a stationery shop on Al-Mutanabbi Street, also helped to compile the list. The majority of those killed were married, with children. Others who were killed and wounded but not on the list, were most likely to have been there, picking up a book.”

I was asked by the lovely Angie Butler to take part. Each artist had to make a print with image of a flower and then take a picture of them holding their print. I finally got round to buying the book last year from Blurb. It must have sold out because I can’t see it for sale on there anymore. It is a beautiful book but very hard to photograph! I tried to photograph the whole book but because of the glossiness of the paper only managed to get a few decent photos which I have shown here.

There is not much more I can say about this – I hope the images below speak for themselves.
 
Offering – Back of Book

 

Engineer 28 Years Old

 
Printing Designer 36 Years Old

Worked at Al Nahdha Bookstore

Offering – Worked at Al Ribat Bookstore, 43 Years Old

Worked at Al Arabi Printing House, 49 Years Old

Printer Higher Institute, 23 Years Old

2 thoughts on “Offering – Artists Book, In Remembrance of Bombing – Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, 2007”

  1. What a truly lovely memorial.
    And how nice to see some western recognition of the pain, the loss, the damage that ordinary people in Baghdad feel. We too often focus only on the 'western' losses.

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