The Illegible Books

Event Info

This four-week, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Wednesdays, January 17—February 7, from 10:00 am—12:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, January 17, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 24, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 31, 10:00am—12:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 7, 10:00am–12:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on January 10, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

Get introduced to what may be considered a non-legible book through extensive discussions on legibility and hiddenness within book art. Through a collection of case studies, the instructor will propose works for discussion that have been intentionally made unreadable and/or inaccessible in order to raise questions about what lies beneath the hidden language.

This course is designed to deepen reflection and poetical reasoning for both artists and art appreciators. All participants are encouraged to actively participate in discussions throughout the workshop. Though group discussion forms the basis of this workshop’s structure, the instructor will work with each participant to develop their own ideas and create the initial framework for a personal artists’ book project.

This workshop is designed for artists and thinkers of all levels.


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 January 10 at 11:59pm. The price of this class is $170. This class will be recorded and the recording will be viewable for up to 30 days after the class.

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