Sun 2 July 2017, 10am – 5.30pm
Free event, no booking required
Open access, all day
Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3DG
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The Great Court will be filled by Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj with hundreds of old hardback book covers placed side-by-side to cover sixty square meters of floor.
Some covers are painted with blocks of colour, many others have a black line across them, echoing the Syrian tradition of placing black ribbons over the photographs of the recently deceased. Watch the artist create the installation over a matter of hours. Positioned close to the former reading room of the British Library these covers evoke memories of lost knowledge and lives.
“The sheer number of them – all these lost, redundant books of which only the cover remains – is a poignant reminder of the growing number of lost lives in Syria.”