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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, Book Fairs & News

2021

  • February 24-28, Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair
  • March 11, Books are Bridges, solo show at A—Z presents (Berlin)
  • Prix Bob Caille du livre d’artiste, nominated books shown at the Bibliothèque des Beaux-Arts de Paris (France)
  • SONDERLAGE 4/5, featuring backbonebooks at Lage Egal (Berlin)

2020

  • FIEBRE Photo Book Festival (online photo book fair)
  • UNFOLD, Shanghai Art Book Fair (book fair)
  • I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel (book fair)
  • Nominated for the Prix Bob Calle du livre d’artiste with the book Heaven, by Uta Pütz
  • Inexistent Books, at I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel (book fair, traveling books)
  • Guest artist at The impossible Library, Hamburg (solo show)
  • Paper Positions, invited by EinBuch Haus, Berlin (art fair)
  • Imprimé, Intimité, group show at Galerie UQO Quebec, Canada (group show)

2019

  • Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo (book fair)
  • All in – I curated a show at  The white, Tokyo (curatorial project)
  • Proposiciones a realizar, III Feria de Libro de Artista, Chile (group show)
  • Miss Read: The Art Book Fair Berlin (book fair)
  • ALPINA, Pförtnerhaus, Freiburg (solo show)
  • Page Tuners, OED Gallery Cochin, India (group show)
  • REPUBLISHED: Questioning Boundaries, Das Weisse Haus, Vienna (group show)
  • Cities in Flight or the Satellite Variations, Solo show, EinBuch Haus, Berlin (solo show)
  • Vienna Art Book Fair # 1 (book fair)
  • Friends with Books, Book Fair, Berlin (book fair)
  • OBA x Libro Vivo, IUAV Venezia, Italy  (group show)

2018

  • Lyrikmarkt, Berlin (book fair)
  • NY Art Book Fair, NYC (book fair)
  • Malmö Artists Book Biennial, Sweden (book fair)
  • Miss Read: The Art Book Fair Berlin (book fair)

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

  • Books, Mucharaum / Kunstakademie Karlsruhe, Karlsuhe (curatorial project)
  • A retrospective of tomorrows artists, Schillerpalais, Berlin (curated by Ferial Nadja Karrasch, group show)
  • Welch Schöne Utopie, Wilhelmspalais, Stuttgart (group show)
  • backbonebooks, Gust Van Dijk, Tilburg (solo show)
  • I never read, Kaserne, Basel (book fair)
  • KIOOSK Independent Publishing Fair, Krakow (book fair)

Workshops

2021

  • Artists’ Books workshop, Fine Arts University, Split, Croatia (invited by Neli Ruzic)

2020

  • Since March, hosting an Artists’ Books Workshop on a monthly base in my Studio
  • (November) Artists’ Books workshop, Kunstakademie Kassel
  • Shapes and Grids, Invited to give a children’s workshop part of Friends with Books

2019

  • (April) Artists’ Books workshop, ESBAN Nîmes, France

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

2021

  • Lecture Series, California College of the Arts invited by Ana Llorente | L.A.
  • backbonebooks | video talk invited by OCICO fanzine | México City
  • Lecture Series, OTIS College of Arts invited by Ana Llorente | L.A.

2020

  • Sesiones Naranja, invited by Naranja Publicaciones | Chile.
  • Claudia de la Torre, Side A, at EinBuch Haus |Berlin, Germany.
  • Encuentro de Proyectos Editoriales, talk at Aeromoto | Mexico City.

2019

  • Artist talk, at Alternative Space the White | Tokyo Japan.
  • Books Books (artists’) Books Symposium | Galerie im Körner Park, Berlin.
  • Publishing and Archival Strategies in Artistic Practices Symposium, as part of VOLUMES, curated by Michael Hiltbrunner and Anne-Laure Franchette | Zürich, Switzerland.

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
  • Speakers’ Corner, Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona. “A+WS” NADA, NYC

2014

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

Awards

2021

2018

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

Press

2012 – 2021

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