Print image size 23x23cm
Target is informed by traditional bullseye shooting targets. I have employed the distinctive and repetitive circular form of target sheets into the design and configuration of the printed image. I have supplanted the traditional circular lines of bullseye shooting targets with books, which become targets, moving in and out of the picture frame. Areas of the printed paper have been strategically removed, damaging and destabilising the image and exposing the surface behind the print, not usually visible to the viewer. It is envisioned that as each individual print in the edition (10 in total) is exhibited and displayed, the print will appear distinctive and unique, dependant on the background behind the print and the environment. The unique presentation of each print acts as a metaphor for the unique character of the lives lost or devastated by the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street in 2007.
I have been involved in the ‘al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here’ project since its initiation by Beau Beausoleil in 2009. During this period the project has allowed me to engage and connect with a diverse group of people from around the world as well as closer to home here in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Absence & Presence is the third response by creative practitioners to the bombing and devastation of the historic street of book sellers in Baghdad.