By the Book highlights structures that dictate everyday issues; the written or implied rulebooks of social behavior. Individuals are cultivated through the way their immediate environment functions, and through the rulebooks given to them. These two frameworks tell us what is acceptable and what is not, ideally to create some sense of order. If one were to break away from the collective pattern; act differently, think differently, it creates resistance. Singular subjectivity steps out of a collective symbolic order and refuses to fit into a composed whole. These artists critically analyze the rulebooks of their societies, and where the line is drawn between benefit and regulation, control and conformity; traditions and misconceptions.
By the Book is a traveling exhibition that was launched in Bahrain last May, and it is now being prepared for its second viewing in partnership with Birmingham's School of Art. It is considered of a great importance of us as it will introduce the multi-national students, researchers and artists to the contemporary art scene of Bahrain.