The Hidden Library: Part 2

Event Info

This six-week, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Wednesdays, October 11—November 15, from 10:00 am—12:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, October 11, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 18, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 25, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 1, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 8, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 15, 10:00am–12:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on October 4, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Shirin Salehi.

This new virtual workshop designed by the instructor Shirin Salehi is meant to deepen the theoretical basis explored in the Critical Development Workshop ‘The Hidden Library’. This new six-session program offers the expansion of the work with case studies, readings and poetical reasoning aiming to nurture new personal or collaborative works (a new book art project, a conceptual or text-based project, or the creation of interdisciplinary artworks within the notion of Bookness). We will dive on the poetics of hiddenness, illegibility, the unseen, and the unread as conceptual and formal aspects within the creation of book arts. Opposing the visual overexposure of our times, the workshop reflects on how to work with memory, remembrance, language, and nuance in order to use subtlety and poetry as the main tools of creation.

Prerequisite: students must have taken a previous session of “The Hidden Library” with Shirin Salehi.

Required Materials:

 No materials or tools are needed in advance of the course. The Instructor will help each participant identify what they need based on their respective projects. 

About Shirin Salehi

Shirin Salehi (she/her) is a Spanish-Iranian visual artist, art researcher, and teacher living and working in Madrid and New York.

Shirin Salehi’s practice explores the relationships between thinking and making in the language of printmaking, exploring a register that usually focuses on the reproduced image to explore the dialectic between the concepts of time, memory, matter, and gesture of inscription. She investigates the expansion of printmaking from its grammar to other territories of interdisciplinary exploration working with sculpture, video, still images, and artist’s books. From the relationship between her two cultures emerges her interest in the tensions in the illegible image, the failed translation, and the veiled.

In parallel to her work as an artist, she is also an art teacher, a translator of Persian poetry, and an interpreter for asylum seekers. She has developed workshops on artist’s books and artistic thinking in multiple centers. She has taught at the Center for Book Arts in New York and at the LENS School of Cinema and Photography. In 2021 she was invited by the Foundation Amigos del Museo del Prado as a lecturer for the program Enfoques.


All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on October 4 at 11:59pm. If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship before the start date of the class. To view more information about our current scholarship opportunities, please visit this link.

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