Arabia Opus

"Gilgamesh, the ancient king of Mesopotamia, crossed waters by boat in search of answers to life. Unlike Gilgamesh, I wasn’t too sure what I was doing there."


Arabis Opus comprises of three projects, that stem from my childhood memories of the Iraq War and War on Terror, which not only highlighted the region to me during a young and impressionable age, but also brought up difficult questions about my own country and power. These same uneasy questions and feeling came back to me as I watched the Arab Spring unfurl from afar. 


The work gradually grew out of an initial idea and curiosity, as I felt out the work and came to realise my interest in this place. The projects follow the Tigris river through Iraq, explore the Syrian crisis, and then wander out into the Arabian landscape.


To order a copy, send an email to me at info@olivertooke.co.uk, or DM me on Instagram


 - £35.00

Postage Worldwide

£3.50 UK

£8 EU

£20 Rest Of World


Self Published, July 2021. 

Edition of 47 + 3 Artist Copies.

184x250mm. 

Set of 5 soft cover books with 148 pages and a sleeve of 10 folded prints. 

Featuring all three projects from Arabia Opus. 92 digitally printed images on recycled paper. 75 by the artist, 17 collected from others. Screen printed covers and binding done by myself. Presented in a screen printed paper wrap


Notes for Arabia Opus


As an optional addition to the Arabia Opus publication, you can opt in for a small zine of scans from the notebooks I kept during the making of the work. It is not a necessary part of the Arabia Opus publication, but an optional supplementary piece. 


- £2 when bought with Arabia Opus

A6

56 pages.

Staple Bound.