— Delphine Bedel

The Future of Artists Books, PrintRoom, Rotterdam

Friday 13 April, 7 – 9 pm. PrintRoom, Rotterdam

Talk with
Delphine Bedel / Hard Copy
Erica Overmeer / O Book Publishers
Elisabeth Tonnard / ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative
Mariken Wessels / ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative

Introduction by Karin de Jong / PrintRoom
Curator Delphine Bedel

‘The Future of Artist Books’ is a series of talks, workshops and events aiming to present the most innovative publishing projects by artists and designer’s working with photography, text, printed matter and e-publishing. The artist book is a medium central to contemporary artistic practice. The artists / publishers will present their recent editions, and discuss new modes of production, collaborative practices and distribution, from print on demand, serial editions to education projects, as well as their economical models.

Taking the occasion of the first retrospective exhibition of ‘The Dutch Photobook’ currently on view at the Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, this evening will focus on emerging practices in photo books in the Netherlands and internationally. The guest’s editions will be presented at PrintRoom for a month.

The Future of Artist Books is a transdisciplinary project will include talks, workshops and presentations. It is a collaboration between PrintRoom and the Amsterdam Art/Book Fair and other venues. Upcoming guests are Anouk Kruithof, Laurence Aërteger, And Publishers, and more.

Delphine Bedel (FR/NL) is a photographer, curator and publisher. Visiting Professor at the M.F.A. HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design. Her artistic and research-based practice involves documentary photography, writing, curating, publishing and lectures, and her work is shown internationally. She is the founding director of the Amsterdam Art/Book Fair, Hard Copy and Monospace Press. Bedel curated over forty international exhibitions, events and screenings. Her awarded editorial work (about 70 books) explores the relation between emerging art practices and graphic design. (www.delphinebedel.com, www.hard-copy.tumblr.com)

Erica Overmeer (NL/DE) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. She is a photographer and founder of O Book; a publisher of photo books in small editions with texts and photographs of the artist. Erica Overmeer is self-publishing since 2001. She lives and works in Amsterdam, Paris and Munich. www.obookpublisher.com

Elisabeth Tonnard (NL) is a poet and visual artist from The Netherlands. She works in the fields of artists’ books, photography and conceptual literature. Since 2003 she has published twenty-two books, which are included in numerous public and private collections. She holds an MA in Literature from the Radboud University in The Netherlands and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. She exhibits internationally and is a member of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative. (www.elisabethtonnard.com, abcoop.wordpress.com)

Mariken Wessels (NL) is a visual artist, photographer and actress. Her work combines installations, sculptures, photography and video. Her first self-published artist book ‘Elisabeth – I want to eat -‘ (2009) was awarded the Silver Medal at the ‘Fotografia di Roma’ Book Festival. Her second artist book, ‘Queen Ann P.S. Belly Cut Off”, was published by Alauda Publications and selected as one of the Best Photo Books of 2010 by LeMonde.fr . Her work has been acquired as a part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art library in New York (MoMA) and International Center of Photography library New York.(www.marikenwessels.com, abcoop.wordpress.com)

PrintRoom is a unique presentation space and shop dedicated to artists’ publications based in Rotterdam. Operating as an independent platform for artists, designers and small publishers from all over the globe it explores and presents the various positions possible within the field of artists’ publications. PrintRoom was founded in 2003 by Karin de Jong. (printroom.org)

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