Arriving at the conclusion of Defne Ayas’s directorship of Witte de With, Blessing and Transgressing: A Live Institute is a richly illustrated publication encapsulating the driving ideas and processes behind the choices made over the last six years, along with ruminations on the topics and challenges faced with the institution’s programs and collaborations.

The book is a mortal attempt to grasp the spirit of Witte de With, where debates on urgent topics circulated, unfolded; hit a nerve and found their rightful home.