Having to perform normalcy everyday, in each encounter, or constantly being othered, or simply being lonely for a long-enough time can all be exhausting. One could also recognize the exhaustion originating from having embodied forms of oppression accumulating over several generations. Exhaustion is not only a consequence of ‘work’, but also of a variety of other forces, some of which we might have no control over.

On the other hand, ‘home’ is the space for resting, cooking and eating, care, kinship, and healing. In a time of social distancing and total isolation, home became everything, even more than before, the entirety of each person’s world. After months of staying home, home was not only the site of comfort and healing, but also of unbearable boredom, anxiety, strange and persistent shadows, restlessness, and ultimately exhaustion.

Sarmad has edited and produced a series of publications on the theme of home and exhaustion. The books can be viewed on Fictioning Comfort space.

The series consists of two parts: Sarmad Book Five, and a collection of pocket publications.

‘Sarmad Book Five: Home’ is a collection of essays, images, drawings and videos, featuring works by: Arshia Eghbali, Tomi Hilsee, Ryan Lim Zi Yi, Eric Patel, Ying Liu, Masih Samimi, Hosein Danesh Pazhooh, Bo Stokkermans, Julia Gat, Johna Hansen, Valeria Moro, Pille-Riin Vihtre, Eszter Nagy, Soha Kabiri, Lenny Waasdorp, and Abbas Vahedi.

A collection of pocket publications featuring artists in the show (Monireh Askari, Alireza Abbasy, and Maike Hemmers, Valentina Curandi and Baha Görkem Yalım); in addition to books which have come out of the bike messenger project.

The project Fictioning Comfort was kindly supported by MAMA RotterdamGemeente Rotterdam, Stimuleringsfonds, and Mondriaanfonds.

The Pocket Book Series was made based on an invitation from WORKNOT! curating the exhibition Fictioning Comfort, at MAMA Rotterdam.

Dear Friend
(of grape seeds and iron bullets)

Maike Hemmers
Valentina Curandi
Baha Görkem Yalım

Price: 5 €

Eyn Eyn Eyn Stories
Part 1

Alireza Abbasy

Price: 5 €

The Wild Plants

Monireh Askari

Price: 8 €


Alireza Abbasy

Price: 5 €

They call us 'residency bitch'!!  Lololol

Niloufar Emamifar & Golnar Abbasi

Price: 5 €

Hafr #01

حفر ۰۱

Price: 5 €



Price: 3 €

Do not tell me that I need to work less
Do not tell me to work less

Price: 5 €

Ritual Climate

Moad Musbahi

Price: 5 €