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The recital and burning of The Book of Debts in Portslade, Sussex, was the finale to a 4 month period of research and development for the project, funded by Arts Council England and hosted by Blank Gallery, where Azadeh was in residence.
On- street debt – collecting included encounters with pawnbrokers, shopkeepers, charity workers and other unsuspecting strangers and Azadeh paid visits to homeless residential charity Emmaus and an older peoples freedom club where she sat and recited stories from the Book and scribed down new ones given to her by the groups.
Burning the Books online was developed and launched with The Swarm and a large proportion of contributions to The Book of Debts then came in online..
Azadeh also devised a text on the multiple meanings of debt which ran around the gallery walls and acted as an intro to the final recital and burning on May 18th and is documented on video here.
Her R+D project blog gives a reflective account of the whole process.