“I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name.”

  • Art Direction, Exhibition Catalogue
  • Center for Book Arts
  • 6 x 8.25 inches
  • New York, NY
  • 2020

Edition: 200
Dimensions: 6 x 8.25 inches
Pages: 18
ISBN: 978-1-951163-02-0
Binding: Soft cover, accordion
Binding by Sarah Nicholls
Printing by Print Icon

Published by Center for Book Arts

Available at Center for Book Arts Bookshop

Exhibition catalogue for  “I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name”. Curated by Lila Nazemian, the exhibition is entitled after a line in Sinan Antoon’s latest novel, The Book of Collateral Damage, featured alongside Hadieh Shafie and Zarina, whose works are deeply embedded within narrative mediums. Through the use of paper, printing methods and orality, each artist produces works that function as allegories for sharing stories of home and of their lived experiences.

Storytelling is a central component of societal development across centuries and cultures. Whether used as a tool to recall history, preserve identity, or to transmit morals, it is a means for understanding and sharing human experiences. Oral traditions and the written word are perhaps the most obvious modes of communication associated with storytelling, however visual artists have equally engaged with it throughout history, and continue to do so today.

See more: “I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name.” Center for Book Arts, New York City, NY, Jan 16–Mar 31, 2020