Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi - Exhibition

The Library of Unread Books

Jameel Arts Centre

16 Nov 201931 Jan 2020

Initiated by Heman Chong and Renée Staal, The Library of Unread Books is a 10-year art project that began in Singapore in 2016.

Traveling from one city to another, the library is not only an itinerant library, but also a living reference with a collection of over 700 titles, that traces the perimeters of knowledge and reflects on notions of access, excess, shared knowledge and the politics of redistribution.

Each book in the library, was once a private property and has been donated by its former owner who hasn’t read it for whatever reason. Contributors to the growing mobile library receive a personalised library card and a lifetime membership.

Arranged randomly and in stacks, the books of the library are in a setting that encourages visitors to feel at home and re-arrange the books according to will and desire.

  • The Library of Unread Books in Manila. Image Courtesy of Celene Sakurako and Scout.The Library of Unread Books in Manila. Image Courtesy of Celene Sakurako and Scout.

Related Artists

Heman Chong

Heman Chong

Renée Staal

Special Events

Destination: Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Where: Jameel Arts Centre
Type: Book Launch

Open call for unread books from 12 June to the end of the exhibition.

Send or drop them directly at Jameel Arts Centre.

Destination: Dubai/Sharjah/Abu Dhabi
Where: Jameel Arts Centre
Type: Opening

a talk with Heman Chong and Renée Staal.

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
mon, tue, wed, thu, sat, sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

ADMISSION:
Free

ESTABLISHED:
2018

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Carver Antonia


T: +971 4 873 9800 M: hello@jameelartscentre.org W: Jameel Arts Centre