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The  Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition Project was formed as a protest and a commemoration to those that were killed or injured in the car bombing on March 5th 2007 in al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad.  The street is the historical centre of Baghdad bookselling and is the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.

The coalition is headed by Beau Beausoleil, based in San Francisco, who initiated the project and  called for a total of 130 Broadsides (the number representing those killed or injured) to be contributed by artists internationally to raise money for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadside Project now holds the work of printers from the United States, the U.K., Canada, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and France. Florida Atlantic University has digitised the  collection.

Henry Hetherington , a radical British publisher from 1820’s refused to pay the governments stamp duty on print. This tax was aimed at restricting the circulation of pamphlets and newspapers, a law that was brought in soon after the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.
The Power of The Press by Theresa Easton
al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here follows on from the Broadside project in the form of the book, representing the books destroyed or damaged in the explosion. It is a response to violence in Iraq from the letterpress and book arts community.  Beau Beausoleil and Deema Shehabi have come together to form an anthology of the work produced, due to be published by PM Press in the summer of 2012.  All 261 artist books will be exhibited at  The John Rylands University Library Manchester, UK January-August 2013
As part of the project Theresa Easton submitted The Tower, a bound Chap book style  book.
pages from The Tower by Theresa Easton

The Tower celebrates traditional bookbinding techniques and connects the universal and cultural condition of creating physical and ethereal icons.

Inside pages from The Tower by Theresa Easton

The Tower refers to the Tower of Babel and the myths surrounding the ancient city. Closer to home, North East landmarks fuse with ancient ziggurats, bridging the gap between past and present.

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