This year Fruitmarket Gallery has partnered with the Stills Centre for Photography to expand its annual BookMarket event to include artists’ books, photobooks and interdisciplinary publishing practice.
Taking place across both galleries, Artists’ BookMarket hosts established regional exhibitors and national presses, as well as publishers such as Book Works, Battenburg Press, Road Books and The Caseroom Press. The event will also show artists working with photographic practices including Marion Archibald, Rudy Kanhye, and Ayrshire-based Adam Geary/AGLU.
Also showing is The Pupil Sphere, established by Daniel Ainsworth to promote work from the photographic community. The Pupil Sphere publishes national and international student and graduate projects such as Montréal-based Thibaut Ketterer’s ‘Exode 138’.
The Edinburgh-based Belgian artist Cécile Simonis will be showing her hand-printed artists’ books at the fair. Her work is currently on display in the portfolio exhibition ‘From Paper To Gold’ at Edinburgh Printmakers, which celebrates 50 years of printmaking at the organisation.
Henningham Family Press from London will be bringing copies of Your Candle Accompanies The Sun, a wonderful book by artist/poet Sophie Herxheimer. Original collages were made in response to Emily Dickinson’s poems; reading, cutting and pasting, and writing whilst “being stuck indoors”.
This work “re-imagines self-imposed seclusion as an act of empowerment” in a celebration of Dickinson’s skilful use of language and Herxheimer’s intuitive narrative invention.
Each book contains 28 collaged images, an introductory poem by Herxheimer, and ten poems by Emily Dickinson selected by Herxheimer. You can read much more about the unfolding of the project on Herxheimer’s blog.
BookMarket will also see Gordian Projects launching a new book by artist Dr Azadeh Fatehrad. Ornament of Damage presents the poetic outcomes of glitches and errors produced when digitising pre-revolutionary Iranian photographic images from the archives of the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main, and International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam.
These are published alongside poetic responses to the images, opening up further possibilities of interpretation.
Artists’ BookMarket, 11am-6pm, Saturday 17 February and Sunday 18 February 2018, The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF; Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP. www.fruitmarket.co.uk
1. Detail from the publication CODEX by Adam Geary, 2017. Photo: Adam Geary
2. Cécile Simonis and Catherine Hiley’s work on display at the Artists’ BookMarket in 2016. They will be sharing a table again this year. Photo: Cécile Simonis
3. Detail from Thibaut Ketterer’s Exode 138 a featured project on The Pupil Sphere, 2017. Photo: Thibaut Ketterer
4. Your Candle Accompanies The Sun by Sophie Herxheimer, published by Henningham Family Press, 2017. Photo: Sophie Herxheimer
5. Ornament of Damage, a new book by artist Dr Azadeh Fatehrad, published by Gordian Projects, 2017. Photo: Gordian Projects