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

  • Catalog Design
  • Center for Book Arts
  • 6 x 8.25 inches
  • New York, NY
  • 2020

Catalogue Design, Art Direction

  • 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

Available at Center for Book Arts

Curated by Lila Nazemian, “I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name” is an exhibition 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.