A 68 page critical essay examining the role of Art Book Fairs and their response to the covid-19 pandemic. This essay looks for Art Book Fairs to meet this moment of an ongoing pandemic to meet the needs of publishers and visitors alike. As a publishers who has exhibited at over 50 Art Book Fairs this essay both critiques and offers suggestions for a more publisher focused fair. This essay started in April 2020 during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and finished over two years later.
This essay asks: How can we employ various mutual aid tactics to ensure future generations of art book publishers have the support to continue their work? If you’re reading this and are an organizer of an art book fair, ask yourself, are you doing everything to meet this moment?
Suggestions offered include but are not limited to:
Mutual Aid Fair Funds AccessibilitySmall and First Time Publisher SupportAdvisory boardLand acknowledgement / Indigenous SolidarityGender inclusive bathroom$0 tabling feeHonorarium for Exhibitors and Travel StipendDedicated time for low traffic viewing and crowd controlInternational Organizer Leadership
If you are a publishers, fair organizer or lover of small and self publishing, this essay is for you and I would love to fair your thoughts and ideas to make Art Book Fair live up to their radical potential..
68 pagesRisograph printed (Blue and Flat Gold)September 2022Edition of 250