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New Canaan Library Hosts 'Al-Mutanabbi Street Project'

Nomi Silverman is part of The Al-Mutanabbi Street Project" at the New Canaan Library.
Nomi Silverman is part of The Al-Mutanabbi Street Project" at the New Canaan Library. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Local artist Nomi Silverman powerfully addresses sensitive social and political topics through pieces that provoke with striking visual impact.

Her mixed media print collection titled "The al-Mutanabbi Street Project" is currently on exhibit in New Canaan Library’s H. Pelham Curtis Gallery. It ends May 3.

"The al-Mutanabbi Street Project" has its origins in violence. On March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, killing 26 people. That street was traditionally a gathering point for booksellers, writers, publishers and alternative press.

When no public outcry ensued, poet Beau Beausoleil turned his outrage into an art books project. Hundreds of artists from around the world created art books around the theme with the line “al-Mutanabbi Street starts here.”

Last year, Beausoleil added printmakers; Silverman's exhibit contains the work created as she searched for the image to use in the portfolio and varies in medium (prints, paintings, pastels, charcoal), in size, in scope, in literality. But they all represent, in the artist's words, "the concept of collective memory and culture."

Complementing the exhibition will be a poetry reading on Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. in the gallery in memory of the 2007 bombing and in celebration of reading and readers all over the world.

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