Pocket Book Series: Fictioning Comfort

Having to perform normalcy everyday, in each encounter, or constantly being othered, or simply being lonely for a long-enough time can all be exhausting. One could also recognize the exhaustion originating from having embodied forms of oppression accumulating over several generations. Exhaustion is not only a consequence of ‘work’, but also of a variety of other forces, some of which we might have no control over.

On the other hand, ‘home’ is the space for resting, cooking and eating, care, kinship, and healing. In a time of social distancing and total isolation, home became everything, even more than before, the entirety of each person’s world. After months of staying home, home was not only the site of comfort and healing, but also of unbearable boredom, anxiety, strange and persistent shadows, restlessness, and ultimately exhaustion.

This series of publications have been produced in collaboration with Sarmad Magazine, for the exhibition Fictioning Comfort, at MAMA Rotterdam. The digital versions of books can be viewed on Fictioning Comfort space. The print versions can be accessed via Sarmad’s website.

The series consists of two parts: Sarmad Book Five, and a collection of pocket publications.

Sarmad Book Five: Home’ is a collection of essays, images, drawings and videos, featuring works by: Arshia Eghbali, Tomi Hilsee, Ryan Lim Zi Yi, Eric Patel, Ying Liu, Masih Samimi, Hosein Danesh Pazhooh, Bo Stokkermans, Julia Gat, Johna Hansen, Valeria Moro, Pille-Riin Vihtre, Eszter Nagy, Soha Kabiri, Lenny Waasdorp, and Abbas Vahedi.

A collection of pocket publications featuring artists in the show, or by invited artists in response to the works, in addition to books which have come out of the bike messenger project. Contributors include Monireh Askari, Maike Hemmers, Valentina Curandi, Baha Görkem Yalım, Niloufar Emamifar, Moad Musbahi, Alireza Abbasy, WORKNOT!.

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