In support of the recent explosion of artists making their own books and zines, BAXTER ST at CCNY presents the annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair every year. The next fair will be held over the weekend of June 17-18, 2017 and will be curated by Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. and Devin N. Morris. The opening night will be June 16, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. See more info here.
Previously, photographer and BAXTER ST at CCNY member Lindsey Castillo organized the event, inviting book savvy curators to choose a selection of artists to present their work. Each year 200 books and a smaller selection of artwork from emerging artists are displayed and sold.
The fair’s curators, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. and Devin N. Morris, have given it a cryptic if intriguing title: “Rock Paper Scissors and a Three-Armed Shovel.” Brown Jr. explains, “The fair’s title alone references rudimentary tools used for making —the paper and scissor being more comprehensive, traditional tools in this sense, and the rock being a symbol for a breakthrough, ingenuity, or disruption.” The second half of the title honors James “Son Ford” Thomas and his one-armed stepfather, who helped the artist dig graves to financially support his family and art. “Ultimately, we were interested in works that operate as an extension of living,” Brown Jr. says. Hyperallergic.
Every year, BAXTER ST at CCNY hosts a zine and self-published book fair that give artists an opportunity to showcase work that doesn’t usually get much in the way of distribution. It’s a unique opportunity to flip through products that challenge and push the boundaries of traditional book-making. This year the fair is curated by artist Anouk Kruithof and will include special installations by Bob Civil, Curtis Hamilton, Devin Morris, and Peter Puklus. I got a chance to speak to Baxter St at CNNY Executive Director Libby Pratt and Board Director Michi Jigarjian as well as select curator, Anouk, about what to expect this weekend. Vice Media.
The 6th Annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair
Curated by Anouk Kruithof
June 10 – 12, 2016
The 5th Annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair
Saturday, Sept 13 & Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 – 12–6pm