The pieces chosen for Bound and Unbound V represent a variety of artistic responses to books. Some artists are engaging with the specific content of a particular book or author, while others are working with the general notion of books as repositories of knowledge, narrative, or institutional bias. In places, printed words have been obliterated or rearranged, and some artists have added their own words to recontextualize or undermine original content. Several artists have completely reshaped the book, treating it as a physical object and embracing the material qualities of paper and binding. A few have created their own content and format, pushing the boundaries of what one might consider to be a book, and exploring the very idea of “the book.” Each piece asks you to engage with books in new ways: to read the book visually and to apply new layers of content to original text.