like bags of time emptying out.
I knew the bodies,
I could almost name them,
although I can really, barely tell you what my name is.
From Tabula Rasa, by Julio Serrano Echeverría.
The book “Read by, Written by” accompanies the exhibition The Image of War. Here “Readers” have been invited to share poems and poetic fragments that respond to currents of war resulting in a unique collection of texts. We turn to poetry when in need to speak and listen acutely, and with a desire to conjure images and ideas that test the limits of language. Poetry is necessary in the wake of atrocity. The book is published by Bonniers Konsthall and Art and Theory Publishing.
Editors: Raqs Media Collective and Theodor Ringborg
Contributers: Sikhamani, Azita Ghahreman, Julio Serrano Echeverría, Inder Salim, Warsan Shire, Laurence Hugues, Richard Brautigan, Huzaifa Pandit, Mahmoud Darwish, Avtar Singh Paash, Shakti Chattopadhyay, Fahmida Riaz, Esther Tellerman, Rasul Gamzatov, Samih al-Qasim, Nakul Krishna, Inshah Malik, Sananta Tanty, Rashid Hussein, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Marie Borel, Agha Shahid Ali, Sohrab Rahimi, Delphine Bretesché, Kishwar Naheed, Wu Shanzhuan, Hai Zi, Meena Kandasamy, Shveta Sarda, Mania Akbari, Taus Makhacheva, Yazan Khalili, Nabina Das, Danish Husain, Debjani Sengupta & Liu Tian.
Copy-editing: Bettina Schultz
Final Art: Stefan Gallon
Printing: Finborg Graphic
Thank you Längmanska kulturfonden for your support with the publication.