Sauda Mitchell


Sauda Mitchell




Edition Size



Wood, Palm Leaves, Pigment, Paper, Linoleum Print, Book Board, Fibers, Canvas, Glass




Artist Book


29 × 12 in

$ 3,200.00

4 in stock

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There are four available copies in this edition but orders will not be fulfilled till May of 2023.

Timbuktu is a concertina artist book that visually expresses my response to select digitized manuscript pages housed at the Mamma Haidara Commemorative Library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha, in Timbuktu, Mali. Timbuktu utilizes the book format as a contemporary art form to celebrate the importance of Timbuktu as a center of knowledge, bookmaking, literacy, and scholarship during its apogee. Embedded in Timbuktu is a QR code linking viewers to select digitized manuscript pages courtesy of the Library of Congress Exhibition, “Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu.”

My work currently focuses on utilizing printmaking and QR code technology as a creative non-traditional access method linking viewers to archival repositories, curated exhibitions, and aggregated data. Each work serves as a visual response to archival collection materials representative of the many stories that can be found deep within the archival landscape.”

— Sauda Mitchell, artist