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Press Release:

MEDIA CONTACTS: Terri Berns
561-297-1164, tberns@fau.edu or
Carol Lewis
561-297-0245, clewis36@fau.edu

FAU Libraries to Host ‘Mutanabbi Street Starts Here’ Exhibition Artwork Commemorates 2007 Baghdad Street Bombing Victims

WHAT:        Florida Atlantic University Libraries’ Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center
                     for Book Arts is hosting “Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” an exhibition
                    of a 42-piece collection of hand-printed broadsides created by the
                    Mutanabbi Street Coalition, an international group of artists, to
                    commemorate the March 2007 bombing victims of Mutanabbi Street,
                    a centuries-old bookselling center in Baghdad.

WHEN:      Friday, May 9, through Monday, July 28, 2008

WHERE:   Florida Atlantic University
                   S.E. Wimberly Library
                   Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Lobby and Second floor
                   777 Glades Road
                   Boca Raton, FL 33431

COST:       Free and open to the public.

CONTACT:  To arrange a group tour of the exhibition, contact John Cutrone,
                       Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts programs coordinator,
                       at 561-297- 0455 or jcutrone@fau.edu. For more information,
                       visit www.jaffecollection.org.

The “Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” exhibition is one of 10 projects created by an international group of artists to commemorate the March 2007 bombing victims of Mutanabbi Street.   The collection of broadsides was created to respond in a creative way to the loss of 30 lives and the 100 injured during the attack, and to protest a targeted attack on a street that has always been an exchange for ideas. Broadsides are single sheet printings that were widely used for royal proclamations and official notices after the development of printing in the 15th century. Today, they are more likely to have a literary association, challenging letterpress printers to make the most of one confined plane.

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