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

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Artist's Statement

This was a great way to put my visual voice out into the world. I really appreciate all the connections to Iraqi poets and people involved in producing this project––a great way to collaborate with printers! I designed this broadside to reference details that surround the Al-Mutanabbi Street bombing. The suminagashi marbling of black and orange as the background is a reference to the desert and sandstorms. Upside-down wood blocks make reference to prayer rugs and a page from the Koran. I picked the poem for its simplicity and its use of metaphor and Sufi-like warning. The red ink was printed to resemble blood and black referencing oil.