© 2021 Sue Jeong Ka
La Biblioteca Restauradora, 2012-2014
Site-specific installation, public library books, newsprint paper, barcode sticker
Commissioned by A47 Mobile Library (MX), Talcual (MX)
Curated by Citlali López Maldonado (MX)
Photo by Alumnos 47/A47 Mobile Library
While traveling between 2012 to 2014 with A47 Mobile Library truck in Mexico City, Book Repair Lab transitioned into a participatory project by enlisting Mexican residents (participants)–who can circulate Mexican public library books with their federal IDs– to locate and pass damaged books along to Book Repair Lab. In the context of hospitality as a performative act of identity, the residents took on the role of a host who provided a giving action to the project.