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Claudia de la Torre founded Berlin-based backbonebooks in 2011 to formalize her own practice and publish other artists’ books. Creating objects, fields, spaces in relation to the book as a highly historical & contemporary medium – backbonebooks performs consistently in a flexible, conceptual and collaborative process, aiming to open a new perspective into what a book can be.

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Exhibitions and Book Fairs

2018

  • Lyrikmarkt, Berlin
  • NY Art Book Fair, NYC
  • Malmö Artists Book Biennial
  • Miss Read: The Art Book Fair Berlin

2017

  • Artists’ Books for Everything, Zentrum für Kunstlerpublikationen, Bremen
  • Cities in Flight, or the Satellite Variations, Rinomina, Paris
  • It’s a Book!, Hgb Leipzig, Leipzig
  • Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin

2016

  • The book as an artwork as an exhibition as a book, Lage Egal, Berlin
  • Ed Ruscha Books & Co., Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
  • The NY Art Book Fair, PS1, NY (invited by Boabooks and Edition Fink)
  • The Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo, Japan (invited by Hembramala)
  • Miss read, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin
  • Friends with Books, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
  • Small Comfort, Art 3, Valence, France

2015

  • 1012 Digitos de Phi, 34 Composiciones, Despacio Gallery, Costa Rica (presented by Lucía Madriz)
  • back bone books bakes, Home Alone, Clermont-Ferrand
  • Talk about bbb, Aeromoto, Mexico City
  • The covers might be soft, Cafe Tschichold, Mexico City
  • Ed Ruscha Books & Co., Gagosian Gallery, Paris
  • Launching of Mode Intersit Express, Gallery 9, Sydney
  • Arts-Libris Book Fair, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona
  • Speakers’ Corner, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona. “A+WS” NADA, NYC
  • Offprit London, Tate Modern, London (in collaboration with Múltiplos)
  • Arpologize me, Ángulo Cero, Mexico City
  • RE: Follow-Ed (after Hokusai), Cabinet du livre d’artiste, Rennes (curated by Michalis Pichler & Tom Sowden)
  • The Macedonian Artists’ Books Library, Museum of the City of Skopje, Skopje (invited by Thomas Geiger)
  • Launching of Diccionario Enciclopédico de la lengua Española, Múltiplos, Barcelona;
  • Offprint Paris, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris,  Paris (in collaboration with Múltiplos)

2014

  • Paris Photobook Club, Paris
  • Clap Temporärer Raum, Essen
  • Zuspiel, Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart
  • The Questions Library, Halle 14, Leipzig
  • Temporary Artist’s Book Shop, Lage-Egal Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Berlin
  • Art Book Weekend, Devon’s Mouth, Oslo
  • L.A. Art Book Fair, Los Angeles (in collaboration with Alumnos 47)
  • NY Book Art Fair, PS1, NYC (in collaboration with Moritz Grünke)
  • Klasse Prof. Daniel Roth, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, Ettlingen
  • The Liberated Page, Le Commun, Bâtiment d’art Contemporain, Genève (curated by Izet Sheshivari)
  • Friends with Books, Cafe Moskau, Berlin

2013

  • Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair: The Americas, The Camera Club of New York, NYC
  • Le Photobookfest, Picture Tank, Paris
  • First Thirteen, Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt am Main
  • Ed Ruscha Books & Co., Gagosian Gallery, NYC
  • Ed Ruscha Books & Co., Brandhorst Museum, München
  • I never read, Kaserne, Basel
  • Wood(s), Zwinger Gallery, Berlin (curated by Laurence Rickels)
  • The Questions Library, 45 cbm, Kunsthalle Baden Baden (curated by Hendrik Bündge)

2012

  • Books, Mucharaum / Kunstakademie Karlsruhe, Karlsuhe (curated by Claudia de la Torre)
  • A retrospective of tomorrows artists, Schillerpalais, Berlin (curated by Ferial Nadja Karrasch)
  • Welch Schöne Utopie, Wilhelmspalais, Stuttgart
  • backbonebooks, Gust Van Dijk, Tilburg
  • I never read, Kaserne, Basel
  • Der Dritte Donnerstag, Talk at Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg
  • KIOOSK Independent Publishing Fair, Krakow

Workshops

2018

  • (April) Artists’ Books workshop, Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Populäre Musik Freiburg
  • (November) Artists’ Books workshop, Kunstburö Stuttgart

2017

  • Artists’ Books workshop, Art Academy Karlsruhe (Daniel Roth Class)
  • Artists’ Book workshop,  Art Academy Karlsruhe (Marijke van Warmedam Class)
  • Artists’ Books workshop, Charlotte-Wolf Collegium, Berlin
  • Artists’ Books workshop, Art Academy Karlsruhe (Silvia Bächli Class)

 

Lectures & Talks

2018

  • Hgb, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Publishing as an artistic practice | Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado La Esmeralda. México City.
  • Eat the Arts, a conversation | Berlin, Germany.

2017

  • Can I send a fax from a library? | Claudia de la Torre in conversation with Roland Früh (head of the Kunstbibliothek Sitterwerk, St Gallen). Le Foyer, Zürich, Switzerland.
  • No gloves please | SPRINT Milano, Italy.

2016

  • Publishers Corner | Arts Libris, Barcelona.
  • Backbonebooks | Camberwell College of Arts, London.
  • Claudia de la Torre |Picture Berlin. Invited by Joachim Schmid. Tête Berlin, Germany.
  • Fink & Friends presents: backbonebooks | OOR Records, Zürich, Switzerland.

2015

  • Backbonebakes | Home Alone, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
  • Claudia de la Torre | Aeromoto, México City.
  • Claudia de la Torre | Paris Photobook Club, Paris, France.

2012

  • SPOTLIGHT: Claudia de la Torre & backbonebnooks | Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany. 

Awards

2012

  • Shannon Michael Cane Award: Granted by Printed Matter Inc.

Publications

2018

2017

  • Cities in Flight, or the Satellite Variations
    Claudia de la Torre
  • Heaven
    Uta Pütz
  • Arpologize me
    Claudia de la Torre
  • UNIVERSEUNIVERSEUNIVERSE
    Claudia de la Torre & Alex Turgeon
  •  Knaurs meets Fischer
    Claudia de la Torre

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