An exhibition of fifty artist's books, created in response to the March 5, 2007 bombing of Baghdad's "Street of Booksellers"
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
A project of Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman
Exhibition coordinated by Sas Colby
February 1 – May 11, 2013
Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, February 1, 2013
6:00 - 8:00
at the new SF Center for the Book location at 375 Rhode Island Street
Al-Mutanabbi Street is the centuries-old center of bookselling in Baghdad, a winding street filled with bookstores and outdoor book stalls. Named after the famed 10th Century classical Arab poet, Al- Mutanabbi, this street has been, since time immemorial, the historic heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.
On March 5, 2007, a car bomb was detonated on Al-Mutanabbi Street. At least thirty people were killed and one hundred wounded.
Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition was formed soon afterwards to commemorate not just the tragic loss of life, but also the idea of a targeted attack on a street where ideas have always been exchanged.