Softcover: A new shop for photo books, indie magazines and zines in Vienna
For the second time since the launch in 2019, more than 50 artists, designers, and alternative publishers will present their publications at Haus der Kunst. This gives the lively and active artist book scene in Munich the platform for a joint presentation. In addition to the focus on Munich, this time producers from Austria (Auslöser as well as Darja Shatalova and Kristian Ujhelji), Switzerland (_957 Independent Art Magazine as well as GRRRR) and the Netherlands (The Artist and the Others as well as Dutch Independent Art Book Publishers and Lula Valletta & HOK) will be represented. Tobi Huschka from Cologne presents books from Kunsthaus Kat18, an inclusive art workshop. Munich-based piratInnenpresse, a publishing house for children and youth, produces paperbacks and fold-out maps. Their usual meeting place is “the cabin under the roof of the Seidl Villa in Schwabing.” Iwalewabooks focuses on recent developments in contemporary African culture.
The participants see themselves in the tradition of the 1960s, when new communication and distribution networks were formed in the context of the post-avant-garde art scene. Their products, such as artist books, magazines, or zines, are autonomous works of art. With their ethics of accessibility, expressed in pricing and the directness of distribution channels, they form a counterbalance to the established rules of the art market.