The A to Z of Conflict

When 19 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019
Where MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
Enquiry 718.784.2084

New York Art Book Fair 2019: B33-Dome Spotlights Featured Title

The A to Z of Conflict is a tri-lingual artists’ book by ten contemporary artists: Abdul Halik Azeez, Muhanned Cader, Arjuna Gunarathne, Nina Mangalanayagam, Nillanthan, Anomaa Rajakaruna, T. Shanaathanan, Anushiya Sundaralingam, Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Kamala Vasuki. It imagines what a commonplace children’s ABC book would look like if all the entries were chosen in relation to words about conflict, and words borne out of conflict. The project uses English, Sinhala, and Tamil—the three languages spoken in Sri Lanka, a country torn apart by a brutal civil war. From afar, the compendium of entries testifies to the ways language defines us linguistically, socially, and politically. Up close, it reveals how the complex workings of language have the potential to conjoin and divide us. Each copy of The A to Z of Conflict is bound in one of six combinations, reflecting how three languages can be positioned without giving one language greater status over the other. The talk will be a conversation between Sharmini Pereira, Director of Raking Leaves, and Emile Molin, designer of The A to Z of Conflict.

Opening Night: Thursday 19 September 2019

Join The A to Z of Conflict publisher, Sharmini Pereira and designer, Emile Molin in conversation at:
The Class Room, Second Floor of MoMA PS1, 4-5 pm Sunday 22 September 2019

Image courtesy of the event organizer.