The selection of books, prints, printing plates and tools on view from Brighton Press illustrate the diversity and complexity of the printed form. In an age of pervasive digital readers, Brighton Press continues the long tradition of bookmaking by hand. This collection showcases a small sample of the 46 books published by Brighton Press, focusing on books that use language in unique and unexpected ways.
Highlights include Speaking Subaltern, by Moroccan-born artist Jinane Abbadi. She uses etchings and personal replies written in her native Arabic, to respond directly to French Orientalist writers like Gustave Flaubert. By overlaying Arabic calligraphy on French letterpress text, Abbadi claims the power that she and her culture had once lost due to French colonization. In Three Poems Disrupting a Language, the intricacies and complications of communication are illustrated and explored through translation and collaboration by Bill Kelly and Miya Hannan. The selection of books on display experiment with language in a variety of ways to enrich the experience and interactive possibilities of visual art and the written form.
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