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MISS READ 2021
DECOLONIZING ART BOOK FAIRS & IDEA POLL

Hours (CEST/GMT+2)
Tuesday, August 24, 6-9pm
Wednesday, August 25, 4-6pm
Thursday, August 26, 4-6pm

The global publishing industry is still dominated by gatekeepers in the Global North. To what extent does the colonial gaze shape the publishing scene? How is it possible to decolonize the art book industry?

The physical editions of MISS READ, the Berlin Art Book Fair for both 2020 and 2021 were cancelled due to COVID. In lieu of a physical book fair, we gladly invite you to a double book launch taking place on HKW’s roof terrace. Simultaneous to the book release, a 3-day long online program will follow, featuring live panel discussions, along with content produced and curated for this occasion.

The evenings will launch and center around two recently published publications.

1. Decolonizing Art Book Fairs – Publishing Practices from the Souths is a workbook with primarily newly commissioned texts and interviews with artists, authors and publishers. The volume attempts to enrich the discourse on publishing and of art book fairs, with an emphasis on practitioners and initiatives from the African continent and diaspora.

With contributions by: Fouad Asfour, Jean-Claude Awono (Ifrikiya), Chayet Chenin, Chimurenga, Djimeli Raoul, Renata Felinto, Wanjeri Gakuru (Jalada), Aryan Kaganof (Herri), Sharlene Khan, Grada Kilomba, and others. A full contributors list can be found here.

2. IDEA POLL collects ideas regarding publishing activities and beyond. The texts gathered in this volume were collected through an online query as part of the Conceptual Poetics Day. It features about 100 responses from diverse international networks. IDEA POLL is collaboration of MISS READ and Conceptual Poetics Day, 2020–2021.

With contributions by: 2nd Cannons (Brian Kennon), B&D Press, Michael Baers, backbonebooks (Claudia de la Torre), Bananafish Books (Qing Zhou), Ricardo Basbaum, BAZAR Art Book Fair, Derek Beaulieu, BLEK, BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE, Sezgin Boynik and others. A full contributors list can be found here.

On HKW’s roof terrace the editors of Decolonizing Art Book Fairs will discuss the current state of affairs in the field of art and publishing. With Yaiza Camps, Moritz Grünke, Pascale Obolo, Michalis Pichler, Parfait Tabapsi

Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfond


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The poster of Miss Read 2020 was created by Natalie Czech. Miss Read 2020/21 is funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin.

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