This piece is number 20 in the Dead Feminists series, created in response to the abduction and continued disappearance of over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, earlier this year. Because our featured feminist, Fatima al-Fihri, was born over 1200 years ago, we were unable to find a direct quote. Instead, we repeated her honorific title, “Oum al Banine” (“Mother of the Children”), throughout the piece-in the manner of a mantra, or the tradition of repeating phrases from the Qur’an throughout a mosque. Fatima founded al-Qarawiyyin University and Mosque in Fes, Morocco-the world’s oldest university still in operation. With this broadside, we hope to remind the world of Fatima’s work, faith and dedication-and at the same time, emphasize the right and necessity for every girl and woman to receive an education.
To stress the importance of education as the best defense against extremism, we donated part of our proceeds to the United Nations Foundation campaign called Girl Up.
|Title||The Veil of Knowledge|
|Artist/Creator||Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring|
|Press Name/Publisher||Anagram Press & Springtide Press|
|Place of Publication||Tacoma, WA|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Letterpress printed from photopolymer plates. Text is hand-lettered, patterns are hand-drafted.|
|Paper Stock||Magnani Revere paper|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||10 x 18 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of "125.4" (125 numbered prints and 4 symbolic APs)|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed and numbered|