Demitria Ulino writes:
I wanted my bookmark to express the woman figure and how, in this culture, the eyes are a key focal point. The eyes represent everything that had happened during this crucial period of time, since it is what these individuals saw that they will remember the most. Adding the burn marks around the edges informs the viewer as to what was going on during this time.
Nicolette Moyer writes:
The concept for my Al-Mutanabbi Bookmark came from the question of what would the street look like from an aerial view. Thinking about how this could be portrayed I decided to observe the layout of Al-Mutanabbi Street. From there on I decided to portray the idea of how the attack would appear from someone riding in an airplane. I decided to use red paint as blood to display the destruction of Baghdad’s cultural center. When someone looks at my bookmark I want the viewer to understand the pain and suffering of those who were harmed by the attack.
Yaela Goldblatt writes:
While exploring the incident on Al-Mutanabbi Street, I decided to represent the notion of an open book consumed in flames. Before this was accomplished, I explored examples of similar bookmarks on the internet in addition to reading a few articles describing this devastating event. Using acrylic paint, black marker, and enlarged photocopies of Al-Mutanabbi’s work, I began creating my bookmarks. The “pages” in the book as well as the hardcover illustration were created using paint. The fire was created in the same way, providing an illusion of the flames gradually consuming the book. From there, the copies of Al-Mutanabbi’s work was collaged on the bookmark, followed by a light layer of paint to blur the text. The phrase “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” was written within the open pages of the book using black marker.