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At a Glance
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, is an arts initiative and an archival collection, conceived as a response to violence and directed at creating shared cultural spaces. The project and the collection were initiated in 2007 following a car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street (the street of the booksellers) in Baghdad, Iraq. As of 2019, the archive holds approximately 260 artists' books, 200 prints, and 100 letterpress broadsides as well as 35 photographs (from the newly launched and related project, Shadow and Light). Al Mutannabbi street starts here exhibited extensively in the U.S. and the U.K. as well as in Baghdad, the American University in Cairo, in Venice, Italy, The Netherlands, and most recently in Sweden. An accompanying anthology of poetry and prose, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, was published by PM Press. An exhibit of work from the related project Shadow and Light was just exhibited at the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (2019).
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