TOPIC OVERVIEW

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“Book burning” refers to
the ritual destruction by fire
of books or other written materials.

Often carried out in a public context,
book burning represents an element of censorship
and usually proceeds from a
cultural, religious, or political opposition
to the materials in question.

“Where books are burned,
 in the end, people will also be burned.”

Heinrich Heine, 1823

 

      BOOKBURN/ Library of Books Burned is meant to reflect on the idea that book burning is a form of cultural self- immolation in which those who destroy books are destroying themselves, and those that stand by are aids in the act of cultural suicide. Our hope is that by placing the spectator in the center of our narrative, we can raise awareness of the phenomenon of book burning as well as the passivity and inaction that enables these acts of cultural genocide.