This piece is an accordion style book that expands up to 25 feet. The book closed is 6in. by 12in. The lettering on the pages is in Arabic is all written by hand and the end covers were painted in Arabic with acrylic and the design on the book covers was laser-engraved. The covers say “Ismaa” and “Iskut”; which translates to listen and be quiet, and the handwritten pages says the same word, “laysh”, which translates to why. This is in response to our current political climate, where important voices are be suppressed and our administration expecting obedience. My goal was to make an implicitly political piece that gave reason to continue questioning the tactics of our administration and make a space that encourages dissent and skepticism.
paper, ink, acrylic
About the artist:
Zeinab Saab is a printmaker and book artist and is currently working towards her MFA in printmaking at Northern Illinois University. She received her BFA in printmaking and drawing at Bowling Green State University in 2015, and originally hails from Dearborn, Michigan.