An exhibition of Artist Books presented by Archipelago Projects
Artists’ books, special editions, independent editions, self-publishing… These words embrace a practice and phenomena which has taken a new direction in recent years. Today, as in the 1960s, self-publishing is a simple way for artists to share their work. For the past three years burning with pleasure has aimed, once a year, to report on the present production of such forms by exhibiting innovative works created from around the world. Focusing on artists using the mechanical image – photography – the selection always intends to reflect on contemporary image culture, and to broaden the discourse on photography and photo-books.
The exhibition will gather 80 works coming from countries as diverse as Mexico, China and Italy. Among exhibiting artists, some like Raymond Meeks only work in the format of the book, never displaying his photographs on gallery walls. For others, like Valentina Abenavolli, the book is a way of articulating her discourse on empathy and violence in the media, but also of spreading her message broadly. For artist Lalu Delbracio the book is the result of a performance, the edition becoming the physical trace of a live action. These are just some example of the innovative ways artists approach the book in the exhibition.
Alongside the exhibition, a public programme in partnership with Photofusion in Brixton will explore ideas around artists’ books and their place in today’s practices. Graphic designer and artists’ book expert Fraser Muggeridge will share his reflections on book production today in relation to its history. Andreas Reiter, member of the Secession, will present the Viennese institution policy on commissioning exhibition catalogues from artists, often opening up new directions for their work. Artist Oliver Griffin, member of the Artist Book Cooperative, will introduce participants to artist book-making in a two-day workshop at Photofusion. On the last day of the exhibition, a conversation will invite artists, curators and publishers to look at the practical and economical aspects of the artists’ book scene.
Friday 8th September, 6.30pm-9pm
Artist Talk: Fraser Muggeridge
Monday 18th September, 7pm
Artist Talk: Andreas Reiter
Thursday 28th September, 7pm
Curator Tour: Magali Avezou
Saturday 30th September, 3pm
Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm
And by appointment