Absence and Presence at Exeter Library and Kaleider, 1st February – 30th March 2016

Organised by MA student Catherine Cartwright, UK coordinator for:
Absence and Presence: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

Absence and Presence is a collection of original prints made by artists from around the world in response to the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Iraq on the 5th March 2007. 260 artists from many parts of the world were invited to make a new original print responding to the bombing on the theme of ‘Absence and Presence’. A selection of these prints will be exhibited at Exeter Library from 1st February to 30th March and at Kaleider on 4th March.

Through the efforts of Beau Beausoleil, a poet and San Francisco bookseller, a coalition of poets, artists, writers, printers, booksellers, and readers has been created over the years following. Responses in letterpress printing (130 broadsides), artists’ books (260 artists’ books), poetry and writing (published anthology by PM Press), activist bookmarks (Marker of Witness), and now original prints under the theme and title of Absence and Presence. Exhibitions, events and readings, at venues around the world reach communities and stimulate debate and dialogue. Currently there is a city-wide festival in Washington DC dedicated to the al-Mutanabbi Street project.

Friday 4th March
10am-5pm Marathon Poetry Reading: we welcome readers and listeners. Please contact catherine@catherinecartwright.co.uk to book a slot
10am-5pm Installation of Absence and Presence original prints.

Exeter Library
10am-1pm Artists’ Books: handling a selection from the project
2-4pm Bookmaking & Bookmarks: make your own. Free, drop-in.

View a selection of prints for the project and more information on the exhibition here: https://almutanabbistreetexeter2016.wordpress.com

Image above: Gilly Thompson & Francisco Garnica, UK

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