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

almost black book cover with title stamped onto the cover in black foil
I open my eyes (2020) Lila Nazemian
I open my eyes (2020) Lila Nazemian
I open my eyes (2020) Lila Nazemian

Publisher: Center for Book Arts

Edition: 200

Year: 2020

Binding: Soft cover, accordion

Dimensions: 6 x 8.25 inches

Pages: 18

ISBN: 978-1-951163-02-0

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.

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.

  • Catalog design by Lauren Thorson
  • Printing by Print Icon
  • Binding by Sarah Nicholls

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