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

Al-Mutanabbi Street

Artist's Statement

Many years ago we ran across a quote that mentioned in passing the numbers of printers who had been put to death or exiled because of their activities making, selling or distributing books. That was an inspiration for us to collect the individual names (if possible) and numbers of printers and publishers who have been martyred for their profession.

It would be one thing if this were only ancient history but, sadly, these accounts remind us that there are still many places where danger for the printer, the bookseller and the publisher is very real and present. One of those places is the fabled Al-Mutanabbi Street, the literary center of Baghdad.

In making our contribution for Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here we are placing the current horrors of the Middle East in historical context. We believe that it makes the current tragedy even more poignant.