Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
This ongoing project was started by Beau Beausoleil of San Francisco, CA in the effort to commemorate and memorialize the 2007 bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the booksellers' street in Baghdad.   There are over 260 participating book artists worldwide, and exhibits are currently on view across the United States and in England.

This UK-based website provides current information on exhibitions, and is creating a gallery of the works as they are coming in:  http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mutanmain12.htmof

To see the work of Boston-area artists, please go to http://www.al-mutanabbistreetstartshere-boston.com/index.html.

This project began with a call to printers, resulting in 130 broadsides that continue to be shown in a variety of venues around the world.  These can be seen here:http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/collection/al-mutanabbi/index.php

My book, "Dear al-Mutanabbi Street," is a letter of empathy to the survivors of this terrible bombing, expressed through collages that call up my own experience of war and loss.   The book measures 8" x 4.5" (open).  

patricia sarrafian ward

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