Al-Mutanabbi
Street Broadsides
  Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition project
––one of only ten in the world––

A Bookseller...




 

Artist's Statement

Although I felt sympathy, guilt and outrage at the bombing of innocent people in al-Mutanabbi Street - I could not assume that I could fully understand their situation nor did I want to be in any way condescending towards them by imposing my own feelings. Though we may offer our support and voice our protest, there remains a physical and cultural separation between us.

I considered what to write for some time and eventually wrote a piece – in the style of oratorical declaration – that supports a trade I do understand – bookselling. Booksellers are not just tradesman, they are disseminators of ideas, their premises are centres for social and political exchange and an attack upon them is an attack upon culture itself.

The broadside is printed on Somerset 250gsm grey in a whole host of typefaces – mostly Univers, Cheltenham, Gill Sans and Kabel.