Fairs, Programs + Collections
like the delayed rays of a star
For Printed Matter + EXILE Books’ program at NADA Miami 2021, we presented Heather M. O’Brien’s artist book, like the delayed rays of a star, as a conversation with the book’s contributors, Corinne May Botz, Juli Carson, and Yasmine Nachabe Taan. Together, the discussants respond to O’Brien’s book, which contemplates the role of the gaze in photography while attempting to pierce the propaganda surrounding US-centric perceptions of Beirut. In moments charged by Beirut's 2019 rebellion, economic collapse, the pandemic, and the most recent 2020 blast, this work seeks to resist narrative tropes of a western gaze by asking us, "will there ever be another way to see Beirut?”
De Aquí Para Allá
In place of our LA Art Book Fair 2020 Classroom program, we held a virtual conversation between Stephanie Garcia, gloria galvez, and Devon Tsuno, moderated by Lindsay Buchman. Together, we discuss Garcia’s artist’s book De Aquí Para Allá, as well as the importance of sharing stories from marginalized communities. galvez is an artist and community organizer with a background in prison abolition movement building, and Tsuno is an LA-native whose recent work focuses on stories written by incarcerated Japanese American teenagers at the WWII Topaz concentration camp in Delta, Utah.
De Aquí Para Allá explores familial immigration stories through forms of correspondence and translated audio interviews, using storytelling to examine political struggle and social inequality. While Garcia’s work calls attention to the plight and challenges families experience while being undocumented, she speaks to the resiliency and strength that runs through the fabric of the Latinx community.
ULTRA Vol. 1
Seaton St. presented Charles Hall’s newspaper, ULTRA (Vol. 1), co-published with Mamie & Weaver’s Ultra in 2021 for Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair. Hall’s talk and Q&A celebrates Belmont West Philly, the importance of honoring Black neighborhoods, family archives, and the legacy of Hall’s late grandparents' laundromat turned community arts space.
The Carter Library, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Special Collections, The University of Iowa Libraries
Alkek Library, Texas State University
Special Collections & Archives, Artists’ Books, Olin Library, Wesleyan University
Special Collections & Archives: Artists’ Books, University of California Santa Cruz Library
University Libraries, American University of Beirut