WHAT’S THIS BOOK? A show of photobooks and multiples

Opening: April 15th, 7:00PM
Kulturforum, Mihizova 11, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

April 15 – 29

A show of photobooks and multiples
curated by Natasha Christia

Toni Amengual (self-published, Spain)
Israel ARIÑO (Ediciones Anómalas, Spain)
Alessandro CALABRESE (Skinnerboox, Italy)
Federico CLAVARINO (Dalpine, Spain)
Simone DONATI (TerraProject, Italy)
Thobias FÄLDT – Klara KÄLLSTRÖM (B-B-B-Books, Sweden)
Satoshi FUJIWARA (AMANA, Japan)
Ryuichi ISHIKAWA (AKAAKA, Japan)
Luce LEBART (Poursuite, France)
Eriko KOGA (AKAAKA, Japan)
Salva LÓPEZ (Terranova, Spain)
Henrik MALMTRÖM (Kominek Books, Germany)
Daniel MAYRIT (Riot Books, Spain)
Marco Paltrinieri (Discipula, Italy/UK)
Vicente PAREDES (This Book is True, Spain)
Eufália C. PAZ (Stephanian, Italy)
Mariela SANCARI (La Fábrica, Spain)
Thomas SAUVIN (Jiazazhi, China)
Ikuro SUZUKI (AKAAKA, Japan)
Miguel Ángel TORNERO (Editorial RM, Spain)
Lorenzo TRICOLI (Self-published, Italy)
Dragana YURISIC (Oonagh Young Gallery, Ireland)

The practice of publishing has gained significant prominence in the photography world over the last decade. The medium of the book has suggested novel ways of visual storytelling. Highly democratic at heart, photobooks have conferred visibility to emerging photographers, collectives and projects that would otherwise gain little access to the photography world. As physical portable objects, they have provided the alternative to ephemeral exhibitions, claiming themselves as auteur’s pieces.

WHAT’S THIS BOOK? is a selection of some of the most relevant photobooks published between 2014 and 2016. Eclectic at heart, the exhibition displays a series of twenty-four photobooks. It is accompanied with a showcase of prints and audiovisual material. Though the show should not be considered a definitive and axiomatic catalogue but rather a personal and subjective selection of favourites, its intention is to highlight a wide array of approaches, philosophies and practices in the area of international photobook production, placing at the focus of its research small independent publishers next to photographers who self-publish and distribute their printed works.

The show forms part of the first edition of Belgrade Photo Month and it will be accompanied by a guided tour and an encounter addressed to photobooks and their enthusiasts. It is launched as the first of a series of book exhibitions dedicated to photography that will be dedicated to different topics, with the aim to engage the public with the practice of publishing, while familiarizing it with the present state of the photobook that is quite indicative of tendencies in contemporary photography. At the same time, with its parallel activities, WHAT’S THIS BOOK creates an educational forum for local artists, editors, and publishers, wherein they will be able to exchange ideas and improve their strategies and projects.

Natasha Christia is an independent writer, curator and educator based in Barcelona. She was recently the guest editor at the Read or Die publishing fair in Barcelona during November 2015. She has also been appointed as art director of the upcoming edition of DocField Documentary Photography Festival, entitled Europe: Lost in Translation, which will be taking place during May and July 2016.

Join us in the Guided tour + Photobook Lovers’ Encounter
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 16:30-19:30