Drafting Defeat

2007, offset print on recycled paper, 31 × 22 cm, 14 pages, black and white throughout, stapled binding, colour fold-out cover, edition of 250, unnumbered
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We have always had an aesthetic weakness for the merciless and brutal banality of bureaucracy. Little did we know that such a weakness would extend to the bureaucrats themselves. The following are reproductions of 10th century maps – including Egypt, the Caspian, Iraq, amongst other places – by Al-Istakhri (aka Ibn Khordadbeh or Al Farsi) found in a 1933 Soviet edition of Nasser Khosrow’s Safarnameh, or Book of Travels.