By Lisa Rosowsky
Boston, Massachusetts: Lisa Rosowsky, 2015. Edition of 20.
8.625 x 9"; 22 pages. Typeset in Klinic Slab, Tanach, and TheSans. Printed digitally on Mohawk Superfine paper. Case bound in Asahi book cloth. Jacket laser cut into Mohawk Loop paper. In custom laser engraved acrylic slipcase. Designed, written, and bound by Lisa Rosowsky. Numbered.
Lisa Rosowsky: "Blood Libel looks at a story as old as history: that Jews ritually sacrifice Christians—particularly children—to use their blood for Passover matzah and other religious purposes.
This artist's book by designer and studio artist Lisa Rosowsky recounts seven of the most well-documented accusations of blood libel, dating from as far back as 39 AD and as recent as 1946. Selected excerpts from primary sources and reproductions of period art and photographs, combined with engaging summaries of each of the cases, weave a centuries-long narrative of suspicion, misunderstanding, and hate."
Ruth R. Rogers, Curator of Special Collections, Wellesley College: "Rosowsky’s illumination of past transgressions based on hate and fear is as timely and disturbing now as ever. Through her unfolding design narrative, historical imagery, and vivid contemporary accounts, she has produced a memorial and a warning—an artists’ book with universal social significance that belongs in every academic library.”
The seven tales from Blood Libel begin with the Egyptian-born historian Apion, who recounts in Aegyptiaca a story about Antiochus discovering a man imprisoned in the Temple being fattened up for sacrifice by the Jews and ends with the story of the Kielce Pogrom (Poland) in 1946.