Artists’ self-publications are disorderly phenomena. They are defined by freedom, discovery, creativity, and experimentation as they move away from narrow, predefined structures. Unclassified and unseen, most self-publications entail their own multiplicities, occupying a space of their own.
Self-publishing is a growing practice in Greece, as many photographers and artists are becoming increasingly engaged in exploring and discovering new tools as well as collective initiatives to experiment with their own book production.
In many cases, self-publishing is clearly an act of resistance against formal and conventional structures of publishing. Self-publishers are manifesting new ways of artistic expression and sending out distinct signals, sometimes via just a handful of printed copies.
Despite the fact that many self-published editions are exceptionally designed, by way of introducing lesser-known materials and techniques which move beyond the limits of traditional display and storytelling, their exposure and distribution is extremely limited.
The exhibition ‘Plateau 034’ is a first attempt to map Greek photographic self-publications. Through the presentation of a non-hierarchical and non-complete assemblage, it constitutes a converging point of small, individual gestures. Our aim is to continue this exploration, via a developing rhizomatic platform, which, detached from conventional publishing practices, can set the conditions for the creation of multiple paths, branches, and plateaus.
Duration: 19/6/2019 - 30/6/2019
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 – 19:00,
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
Opening: 19/6/2019, at 19:00
Curators: Evangelia Biza, Yiannis Hadjiaslanis, Kostas Kostopoulos, Georges Salameh, Alexandra Saliba, Alexander Strecker, Yorgos Yatromanolakis.
With the participation of The Athens Zine Bibliotheque
& Athens Photo Festival 2019 - Satellite Programme
Documentation from the opening at Zoetrope, Athens.
An open discussion with the self-publishers about their books, at the closing of the exhibition Plateau 034. This Sunday 30/06/19 at 19:30. Join us for chat and wine!
Plateau 034 / Meet the self-publishers
A discussion with Kostas Kostopoulos and Evangelia Biza on the book making practices in self-publishing modes. This Thursday 27/06/19 at 19:30, at Zoetrope, Kimolou 17 Kypseli, 11362 Athens.