Current exhibition

details from four artists' booksEvery Book a Mirror: Book Artists Engage with the 21st Century

January 7-July 12, 2023
9:00-5:00, Monday-Friday, except holidays.  The Library will be closed on Monday, May 15, 2023.

Artists’ books disrupt readers’ expectations of the physical book and are thus a perfect medium for breaking down boundaries, providing fresh perspectives, and giving voice to individuals, communities, and movements not fully represented in conventional publishing.

Every Book a Mirror presents artists’ books and zines from the Sloane Art Library at UNC-Chapel Hill that are engaged with urgent social issues of the 21st century. Whether addressing a monumental issue like climate change or the intimate details of an individual history, our featured works use craft, storytelling, and the simple act of publishing to make powerful statements.

The title is borrowed from a quote by Michael Ende: “Is not every book a mirror in which the reader is reflected?” The works displayed hold that mirror up to both reader and society, helping us to see ourselves and each other in new light.



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For information on previous exhibitions, see our past exhibitions page.