Latin America at BABF 2017
Bergen Art Book Fair took place from the 19th to the 22nd October at Bergen Kunsthall and Landmark. With OCA’s support we have invited Edições Tijuana from Brazil and AAPIE from Argentina to be part of the fair (selling their works) and be part of the seminar program (presenting their works). We have arranged their travel and stay in Bergen.
From Edições Tijuana came Maite Claveau. And from AAPIE came María Virginia Molinari. Both Maite and Virginia arrived on wednesday the 18th. We have helped them reach City Box, their stay for the time of the fair. They met and had dinner together that day. They stayed in the same hotel as Corners (another invited guest) and they all met thursday at 12h for lunch and to set up their tables at the fair, starting that evening (17h). This group stayed together and grew as the fair was taking place.
The 1st seminar day was Friday (20th) with AAPIE (argentina), Corners (south korea) and Space Poetry (denmark) helding a presentation of 45 min. each. (Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1994766627471242/ + Video blog from Martin Mentzoni: https://youtu.be/eFRYBMG-F5w?t=264)
AAPIE talked about the beginning of AAPIE, their virtual library, their A4 matinee of experimental editions, their participation at Feira Plana, the AAPIE editions, the public presentation of LBN 667 (their first work as AAPIE) in Rosario in Gabelich Contemporary Art Gallery and the first A0 the National Festival of Experimental Independent Publication.
The 2nd day of the seminar was Saturday (21st) with Tijuana (Brazil), Johanna Lettmayer (Austria) and Steven Claydon (UK) helding a presentation of 45 min. each. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1910595632600308/ Vlog from Martin Mentzoni: https://youtu.be/4SwViOu7SXc?t=353
Tijuana talk about their start at Galeria Vermelho in 2003 and their grow to their own stand in 2007 inside the gallery, the different projects they had in the space as Ging Pong, book launches, Mappingfesto festival and book launching, different books and editions, the first Feira Tijuana–Printed Art Fair (1st art book fair in Brazil, 2007) done in partnership with CNEAI (France), and the followings, still happening today. The art book fair in Buenos Aires in partnership with LA ENE and BIG SUR BOOKS (2014), Tijuana fair in Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Tijuana fair in Porto, Portugal (2016).
Before the seminar we have interviewed AAPIE and TIJUANA as a preview for their talks. The blog post about AAPIE: http://www.bergenartbookfair.no/babf-blog/2017/10/20/welcome-to-the-5th-bergen-art-bookfair-aapie
And the blog post on Tijuana: http://www.bergenartbookfair.no/babf-blog/2017/10/21/tijuana
Martin Mentzoni has also made a podcast interview with both Tijuana and AAPIE: http://www.bergenartbookfair.no/babf-blog/2017/11/6/podcast-interview-with-aapie-tijuana
Both AAPIE and Tijuana brought artists books from their region (Latin America) besides their own works.