I never read.
I just look at pictures.Andy Warhol
november 25, 2017
National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius, Lithuania)
The theme of this year’s conference is photos + books + stories. It will be presented by six well-known and recognized book designers, artists and creatives.
The speakers will share their experiences and personal insights about photographic publications, publishing practices, the meaning of visual expression and its change, and making the photobook a unique experiential showcase. The event will be complemented by 3 exhibitions.
The presentations will be simultaneously interpreted.
Designer, creative director of COLORS magazine, publisher and designer of exhibitions currently based in Barcelona. His background combines visual arts and design: he is involved in projects where stories and narrative structures mix different media and production technics. In 2012, together with artist Laia Abril, Pez founded a book making team, designing and editing several recognized books.
Delphine Bedel will give a talk on her practices, and present her publishing house and research platform Meta/Books as well as recent projects. In her photo books and exhibitions, she documents sites of tourism and urban transformation, combining images and writings with historical research and archive material. Since its inception, Meta/Books has sought to promote expanded publishing practices from print to digital, questioning the way information is displayed and manipulated through the publishing process. Delphine collaborates with artists, writers and designers, applying various models of production, display and distribution.
Delphine Bedel is an artist, lecturer, editor and publisher, who specialised in emerging practices in photography, design and publishing. Known for her cutting-edge publications, she regularly gives lectures, workshops and serves as jury member and portfolio reviewer for leading art institutions, art and design academies and photo festivals. She is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Mondriaan Fonds and the German Photography Academy. Meta/Books – her publishing studio and research platform–is an experimental framework to publish art, theory and design and promote a new generation of artists and designers. She is currently a PhD Researcher at UCA-University for the creative Arts (UK).
Presented publications interfere in between traditional book and the artist's book projects. We’ll talk about how to turn the printed project into a work of art as a sequel and it’s elongation, achieving the classical book format transform into a unique exposition space.
Gytis Skudžinskas works in the fields of graphic design, visual and audio art. He has been designing and compiling albums and exhibition catalogues since 2002. In 2014 he and Vilma Samulionyte founded “NoRoutineBooks”, a publishing platform devoted to limited edition conceptual prints, combining classical and contemporary techniques, principles, and methods. Currently living and working in Vilnius.
The artist will present photography projects and publishing products, focusing on the artistic approach to creating photobooks and the perception of history and memory through images.
Julia Borissova is an artist working with photography, collage, installations and book design. Her works are a platform to bring up the relevance of a wide range of subjects, the fragility of human memory amongst others. The book is her medium to contemplate real-life stories, interweaving fact and fiction.
The talk will be about his work as a graphic designer, publisher, and bookseller with Lugemik, an independent publishing iniative that he set up in 2010.
Indrek Sirkel (1984, Tallinn, Estonia) is a graphic designer, teacher and publisher based in Tallinn, Estonia. Since 2007 he is teaching and co-organising the programme at the graphic design department of Estonian Academy of Arts, in 2015 he became the head of the department. In 2010, together with Anu Vahtra, he founded Lugemik – a small independent publishing initiative based in Tallinn, Estonia. In 2013 Lugemik opened a bookshop on the premises on Contemporary Art Museum Estonia (EKKM) and in 2016 a second location collaboration with Tallinn Art Hall. Publications designed by Sirkel have been selected among the Most Beautiful Books of Estonia many times since 2005. In 2012 he received the award for Best Young Designer (the SÄSI award) in Estonia. In 2013 Lugemik was granted one of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia awards. In 2014 he was one of the members of the selection jury of the International Exhibition of the 26th Brno Biennial.
The answers to questions from photo artists will be explored • Is the book an exhibition space or its substitute? • Is this a form / way of creative archiving and a creative review tool? • Can the publication be the artist’s main expression instrument? • What is the relation of the book to the time? • Maybe the book is just a self-study way? • Can the visual language be without text - what is its significance / influence in the publication? • When, how and for what purposes and who are encouraged to authorize (photo) books?
We are proud to present the exhibition of photobooks granted the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.
The exhibition contains 35 books in three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year and Photography Catalogue of the Year.
Exhibition by Gytis Skudžinskas (“NoRoutineBooks”) and conference speakers books will also be presented during the event.
We like reading, creating and discussing books. We love book creators, publishers, binders and sellers. We believe there is a place under the sun for books both printed and digital.
We’re always open to the well-intended! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.