Reading has been a crucial part of my life from the time I was nine or ten. It was, and still is, an adventure into a different place or time. The novels of Jules Verne, Walter Scott, Alexander Dumas, but also an encyclopedia I read entry after entry. The pleasures of reading have always been connected to the physical qualities of the printed book.
The availabilty of printed books and teaching of reading/writing have been major parts of education, and that we should know how to read is often taken for granted. But there is little discussion of how those abilities are used.
Art Resources Transfer, and their Library Program, for which I am grateful, redistributes books and offers tools for how to use them. This results in the empowerment of the individual in the form of an encouraged, self-aware perception of the world. As soon as empowerment is introduced, the politics around the distribution of power becomes an indissoluble part of the educational process.
— Luis Camnitzer, 2022 A.R.T. Honoree