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Re: [BKARTS] DAFATIR: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art at South Florida's JCBA


Congratulations on a fantastic exhibition. I've just been watching the slide-show. What a beautiful and heart-wrenching collection - I want to jump on the next plane across the Atlantic! Is there any way that a person with a non-dollar bank account can buy the catalog?


> Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 16:46:09 -0400
> From: jcutrone@xxxxxxx
> Subject: [BKARTS] DAFATIR: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art at South Florida's JCBA
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> at Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library presents
> DAFATIR: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art
> through November 30, 2008
> * * * * *
> DAFATIR: CONTEMPORARY IRAQI BOOK ART is a groundbreaking and thought-
> provoking traveling exhibition curated by Nada Shabout of the
> University of North Texas. It features the work of 17 contemporary
> Iraqi artists, and is the first in-depth examination of the book form
> in contemporary Iraqi art.
> "Dafatir" is the Arabic word for "notebooks." As Venetia Porter,
> curator for the Islamic Collections at the British Museum, writes in
> the exhibition catalog:
> "This important exhibition of Dafatir--artists' books--could also
> have been called Seventeen Ways of Looking at Iraq. For the seventeen
> Iraqi artists whose Dafatir are highlighted here have chosen the form
> of the book to do just that. They focus on themes which express Arab
> and Iraqi identities and demonstrate concern for the present ruin of
> their homeland. There are books of poems and disturbing works which
> chronicle the last tragic years of Iraqi history: the Saddam years,
> the effect of sanctions during the 1990s, and after 2003, the
> continuing human suffering, and the physical destruction of the
> places which contain the tangible roots of Iraqi identity and culture.
> "... The remarkable aspect of these Dafatir is that they enable us to
> look at history directly through the eyes of these artists. The
> importance the artists place on literature, the deep love of their
> country and the evident pain they feel at the ravages it is still
> undergoing are evident for all to see in these deeply compelling works."
> This library-wide exhibition runs through Sunday, November 30, 2008.
> This includes the main lobby of the Wimberly Library, the Wimberly
> Administrative Offices (2nd floor west), and the lobby of the Jaffe
> Center for Book Arts (3rd floor east). The exhibition may be viewed
> anytime during regular library hours, which may be found at
> www.library.fau.edu/geninfo/hours.htm?boca or by calling (561)
> 297-3770. A few of the books are being exhibited inside the Jaffe
> Center; these may be viewed during regular JCBA hours: Monday through
> Friday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Other arrangements for groups are
> possible; contact me for details.
> A 96-page color catalog of the exhibition is available through JCBA.
> The catalog presents works from the exhibition, together with Venetia
> Porter's complete foreword, as well as several essays by expert
> scholars that explore the complexity of contemporary Iraqi art and
> artists. It also includes artist biographies and statements. The
> catalog, published by the University of North Texas, is an essential
> reference source on contemporary Iraqi art, and contributes immensely
> to the understanding of the development of modern Iraqi art through
> controversial and debilitating times.
> Minimum donation for the catalog is $25 for each book, with your
> contributions benefitting the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. We thank
> you for your support as we strive to bring you important and eye-
> opening exhibitions such as this. It is entirely thanks to your
> support that we can make these things possible. Meanwhile, I think
> you'll find the catalog to be an invaluable resource.
> Order catalogs by sending your check, payable to "FAU Foundation"
> with "Jaffe Support Fund" written on the memo line, to:
> John Cutrone
> Jaffe Center for Book Arts
> Florida Atlantic University Libraries
> 777 Glades Road
> Boca Raton, FL 33431
> You may also purchase catalogs here at JCBA in person.
> If you're not in our local area, you can get a sense of this
> fascinating exhibition by visiting the JCBA website and viewing our
> exhibition pages:
> http://www.jaffecollection.org
> I can't stress what a difference it is to see these books in person.
> I've spent the past four weeks with them as I've installed this show,
> and have gotten to know them very well. Many are downright
> breathtaking; some send shivers down the spine. The online
> photographs really do not express what the actual pieces do. Still,
> on our website you will find photos and information on a large number
> of the pieces on exhibit, as well as a slideshow of the photos.
> John Cutrone
> Programs Coordinator
> The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts
> Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library
> 777 Glades Road
> Boca Raton, Florida 33431
> http://www.jaffecollection.org
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