Believe You Me examines the manner in which books and book imagery continue to deliver status, even in a culture that has turned away from reading—indeed even more powerfully, and more pervasively, than in eras that had not yet given up on the book as a storehouse of knowledge and wisdom.

In these installations and images, books have become vacant props, drafted into private battles and culture wars out of a desperate nostalgia for the fading power of the written word.