The Hidden Library

Event Info

This four-week, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Wednesdays, April 19—May 10, from 10:00 am—12:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, April 19, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 26, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 3, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 10, 10:00am–12:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on April 12, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

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

In this virtual workshop for all experience levels, Instructor Shirin Salehi will introduce the participants to the poetics of the hidden in the conception of an artists’ book project, raising questions on how we connect to the notion of the unseen and the silent in our current visually overexposed times.

Salehi will offer a selection of case studies of veiled and illegible images belonging to different visual languages –drawing examples from sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, and cinema– for the group to discuss and draw inspiration from. All students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions throughout the workshop. The class will be divided by discussion of case studies and critiques.

During the course, the instructor will work along with each participant on their ideas and intuitions in order to create the initial structure of each individual artists’ book. This class is designed to give students the conceptual and technical resources so they have a deep understanding of artists’ books.

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 April 12 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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