Artists and curators taking part in Drawing Room's exhibition programme are invited to compile ‘reading lists’ that inform and expand the themes explored in their work. This list has been compiled for Graphic Witness, an exhibition that considers the notion of the ‘graphic witness’, a term that harnesses the power of drawing to challenge and question the status quo, to record and reflect protest, as well as to bear witness to social injustices and the horrors of war. Graphic Witness explores the way drawings can both document injustices and become agents that encourage us to act. Titles marked with an asterisk * are held in Outset Study.

Title Author Year Selected by ISBN URL
The Ottoman Empire Anne Davison Mounira al Solh Link
Rabih Mroué: Diary of a Leap Year * Rabih Mroue Mounira al Solh Link
Walid Raad: I might Die Before I Get a Rifle, Hasselblad Award 2011 Walid Raad Mounira al Solh Link
Salvation O Boys: 16 Years in Syrian Prisons * Yassin al-Haj Saleh Mounira al Solh
Myths of the Others: Criticizing Contemporary Islam and Criticizing its Criticism Yassin al-Haj Saleh Mounira al Solh
A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution * Samar Yazbek Mounira al Solh Link
No Knives in the Kitchens of this City Khaled Khalifeh Mounira al Solh Link
Syria's Peasantry, the Descendants of Its Lesser Rural Notables, and Their Politics * Hanna Batatu Mounira al Solh Link
The Harem Within * Fatima Mernissi Mounira al Solh Link
James Boswell: Unofficial War Artist: London, Scotland, Iraq 1939-1945 * William Feaver Mounira al Solh Link
Emily Jacir: Europa * Omar Kholeif Mounira al Solh Link
Powers of Horror * Julia Kristeva Catherine Anyango Grünewald Link
And our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos * John Berger Catherine Anyango Grünewald Link
Something Out There Nadine Gordimer Catherine Anyango Grünewald Link
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Catherine Anyango Grünewald Link
The Perverts Guide to Cinema [Film] Director: Sophie Friennes Catherine Anyango Grünewald Link
City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles Mile Davis Catherine Anyango Grünewald Link
Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the photographic Iconography of the Salpêtrière * Georges Didi-Huberman Catherine Anyango Grünewald Link
The Rock T.S Eliot Catherine Anyango Grünewald Link
The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History * Ibn Khaldun Nidal Chamekh Link
The Wretched of the Earth * Frantz Fanon Nidal Chamekh Link
The Surviving Image: Phantoms of Time and Time of Phantoms: Aby Warburg's History of Art * George Didi-Huberman Nidal Chamekh Link
La Pensee Fragmentee * Ralph Heyndels Nidal Chamekh Link
Orientalism * Edward W. Said Nidal Chamekh Link
One-Way Street and Other Writings * Walter Benjamin Nidal Chamekh Link
Liquid Fear Zygmunt Bauman Joy Gerrard Link
Afflicted Powers; Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War Iain Boal Joy Gerrard Link
Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence * Judith Butler Joy Gerrard Link
Crowds and Power * Elias Canetti Joy Gerrard Link
Capsular Civilization: On the City in the Age of Fear * Lieven de Cauter Joy Gerrard Link
Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire * Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri Joy Gerrard Link
Leviathan * Thomas Hobbes Joy Gerrard Link
Dead Cities and Other Tales Mile Davis Joy Gerrard Link
The Society of Spectacle * Guy Debord Joy Gerrard Link
Art and Fear * Paul Virilio Joy Gerrard Link
Crepuscular Dawn * Paul Virlio Joy Gerrard Link
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? Mark Fisher Joy Gerrard Link
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities * Rebecca Solnit Joy Gerrard Link
Crowds and Party Jodi Dean Joy Gerrard Link
Crowds * Jeffrey T. Snapp & Mattew Tiews Joy Gerrard Link
Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism * Stefan Jonsson Joy Gerrard Link
A Brief History of the Masses Three Revolutions * Stefan Jonsson Joy Gerrard Link
Europe in Revolt! * Bhaskar Sunkara & Catrina Principe Joy Gerrard Link
Arendt in Hong Kong: Occupy, Participatory Art, and Place-Making * [article in Cultural Politics, Vol. 12, Issue 2 (July 2016), pp. 155-172] Laikwan Pang Joy Gerrard
Under Suspicion: a Phenomenology of Media * Boris Groys Beatriz González Link
The Republic * Plato Beatriz González Link
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust Beatriz González Link
The Surviving Image: Phantoms of Time and Time of Phantoms: Aby Warburg's History of Art * Georges Didi-Huberman Beatriz González Link
My Life as a Russian Novel Emmanuel Carrere Erik van Lieshout Link
Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva Rosemary Sullivan Erik van Lieshout Link

Titles marked with an asterix * are held in the Outset Study library