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With artist and co-curator Maha Maamoun, Younis commissioned Iraqi artist Ali Eyal to create a work related to the Baghdad book market. He went to the city's famed Mutanabbi Street in search of publications without an ISBN (commercial publications' unique International Standard Book Number).Comprised of works and projects by over 40 (historical and contemporary) artists and collaborations from this region and beyond, this sprawling show exhibits plenty of publications. That said, the artists and researchers reflect upon the subject with such a variety of practices -- and the curators have laid out the show with sufficient imagination -- that it doesn't resemble a book fair in the least.In publication and art circles Cella is known for his research on books whose publishers have chosen to eschew the ISBN system.Majzoub's project presents the project proposal as an end in itself.Both artists stress that Kayfa-ta doesn't do artist books.Maamoun and Younis have assembled a show that's so replete with stories that interested visitors will find it warrants, and requires, return visits.
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