The award is granted to four first-time NYABF exhibitors (artists, artists’ book publishers, or collectives) in the early stages of their career. The inaugural year winners are backbonebooks, Ian Giles, MonoRhetorik, and Sming Sming Books. Thanks to Printed Matter for their support. I  still remember when Shannon walked to my table and invited me to the  NYABF – it […]

Since its founding, the NYABF has grown into a leading international event for the arts publishing community, providing an important platform for artists and publishers to connect with audiences and circulate their work in a dynamic environment. Over three days, the NYABF 2018 will welcome hundreds of exhibitors from around the world, including a broad range of artists and […]

The catalogue In a constant state of Limbo  I designed for the artist Simon Pfeffel made it to the long-list in the category young book design. Selected by the Stiftung Buchkunst, it will be displayed in their booth (Halle 4.1, H 74-H 77) in the upcoming Frankfurter Buchmesse. I am honoured to share space with the most beautiful […]

I am really happy to announce that a catalogue comprising more than 48  books and editions published since 2011 by backbonebooks  is now available as print and PDF.  It includes a brief description, year, artist, material, price and notes. I am very proud about this. backbonebooks has been part of my life since 2011 – It has opened […]

I gave a one week artists’ book workshop as part of the workshop week held in the hKDM Freiburg.  Each of the students approached the book in  different  and interesting ways. It is my pleasure to share with you their work. They will have a show opening June 8th, were they will be exhibiting the results of the time we spent […]

Join us on June 9th for the  launch of How do We make a We, designed by Claudia de la Torre. The  publication  is the result of the Ratti Foundation’s XXIII CSAV Artists’ Research Laboratory “Sound and Language as Sculpture” held in Como, Italy in the summer of 2017, were I spent a few weeks  together with Karl […]

Mauricio Marcin invokes the utopian notion of printed matter’s ability to enact social change through small-scale action to generate micro-policies. Through his selection of works, curator Marcin questions how the gesture of fixing a word or image on paper has the potential to incite social change.In the last decade there has been a tremendous influx in self publishing throughout […]

On Sunday the Academy of Arts will turn into a poetic hidden object picture. In the Studio Foyer more than 30 publishers and magazines will be presenting what they have to offer, while poets read in the Beech Garden, discussions go on in the Club Room about poetry criticism and poetry, and younger visitors make cartoon films and […]

I am invited to lead a workshop reflecting on what books can be:”Unlike an art book, catalog or monograph that tend to showcase artworks created in another medium, the term ‚artists‘ books‘ refers to publications that have been conceived as artworks in their own right. The book is a medium that allows an artist‘s work to be accessible to a multitude of people […]

Founded in 2009, MISS READ is Europe’s major Art Book Festival, dedicated to community-building and creating a public meeting place for discourse around artists’ books, conceptual publications and publishing as practice. MISS READ: The Berlin Art Book Fair 2018 will take place on May 4th to 6th at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and will bring together a wide […]

 

MABB – Malmö Artist’s Book Biennial, will be a Swedish and International exhibi­tion and selling platform for art works that are inspired by the structural and conceptual properties of the book form. MABB, arranged for the first time 2018, will invite both national and inter­national artists, publishers, booksellers and organizations to participate in the first International fair […]

Out now is the new publication L’art del Occident. A coolaboration between backbonebooks, contemporary artist Adriana Lara and musician Dilian. TBH, a mixtape of experimental and dancy tracks made with sound design and other discarded sounds samples, demo tracks from older keyboards and samplers and radio stingers and promos. It comes with a book made based on the […]

Publishing has developed a favorite site and medium for aesthetic and artistic experimentation. It has also become an alternative space for promoting unrestricted individual or collective discourse. The multi-part exhibition project explores the potentials of publishing – in the form of books, magazines, journals, artistic interventions, websites – as a particular medium and context both to circulate information, […]

SPRINT Aims to involve in a crossing and sustainable way a selection of subjects and artists among the most interesting in the international independent publishing scene, featuring experiences or productions, dealing freely with different formats, languages, contents with a program that combines talks, workshops, exhibitions, performance. Every edition is extending collaborations, committed to foster people and paths.

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Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin 2017 2017 takes place on the weekend of 22–24 September, 2017, at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin as Europe’s premier event for contemporary artists’ books and periodicals by artists and art publishers. This time I will be presenting two new publications: Heaven / Uta Pütz and Manual to […]

In June, I was invited by Anja Hebrank to  give a workshop to students of the Charlotte-Wolf College in Berlin. In eight sessions they came up with an individual idea, which took shape of a  book having repetition and difference as a starting point. At the end of the sessions,  they organized the show “Look a book” to […]

 “Call for Artists’ Books”, the Centre for Artists’ Publications invited artists from throughout the world to participate in this international exhibition. It includes artists’ books produced in the last fi ve years and aims to present an overview of the evolution and dissemination of artists’ books today and to illustrate the diversity of this genre. “The QuestionsLibrary Catalogue” […]

This time I’ll be giving the workshop to Marijke van Warmedam class. The goal of the workshop is the understanding of what an artist book can be, and the production of a dummy that will respond to the interest of each artist. What is an artist book? What is the difference between a “catalog” a “photo book” and […]

Poet Elizabeth Lebon has been invited to read from her card game TEST / ANSWERS (published under backbonebooks in 2016) at the Centre d’art Contemporain, Geneve on Friday 2nd June, alongside some other contemporary writers, as part of the reading program for the exhibition. For more information please visit the following link: From Concrete to Liquid to Spoken […]

This time I’ll be giving the workshop to Daniel Roth’s class. The goal of the workshop is the understanding of what an artist book can be, and the production of a dummy that will respond to the interest of each artist. What is an artist book? What is the difference between a “catalog” a “photo book” and an […]

In 2013 Claudia de la Torre (*1986, México) started The Questions Library as an ongoing project with the aim of gathering, classifying, and showing books whose titles are phrased as questions. For the project’s 4th edition in Zürich visitors are again invited to donate books containing questions in the title and thus enlarging the library’s stock – now about 500 […]

So backbonebooks is back on track! The first event of the year: Saturday 23.03 is time for the 2017 – Independent Publishing Fair Leipzig. Backbonebooks is invited for the first time. I will be bringing a selection of books, editions and printed matter produced over the last 6 years. I’m already looking forward to seeing you around!

 

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Dear everyone – I will be out of the bbb headquarters until the 08.02.17. You can still make your orders and I will ship them once I am back in Berlin. Until then I wish you all happy hollidays. Enjoy the time with you family and friends, eat a lot and me or my books will see you […]

For her new work “Cities in Flight or The Satellite Variations”, produced for the exhibition at Rinomina, de la Torre takes James Blish’s science fiction novel as a starting point to examine the structure of story-telling and to build up a parallel narrative to the one evident in the story. By stressing words in the existing storyline, de […]

For the Art Book Fair Berlin 2016, backbonebooks will be presenting a selection of its publications bringing books such as Cavafy/Cortázar, a book by Claudia de la Torre. Also the box edition “Das Rhein Rauschen” by Ines Lechleitner, relating to the smell of the Rhein. With books by: Janosch Becker, Maxime Gambus, Emiliana Larraguibel, Ines Lechleitner, and Claudia […]

LAGE EGAL, an artist-run space in Berlin called for artist’s books, zines, small press, and other non-traditional publications. For the duration of the exhibition. LAGE EGAL will become a bookstore / reading library where the public will be able to look through, use, and purchase books and editions. It will be a big celebration of the object book, ideated and […]

I have been invited together with Magali Pretty to the 11th Photo Book Club meeting taking place in Paris. This time we will speak about diverse ways of approaching design in photo books. The idea of the club is that anyone can come – They don’t need any expertise what so ever. Books shall then be the starting […]

This time I am going to London! I have been invited to give a lecture about my work and backbonebooks. The Book Arts students will show their projects and we will engage in a conversation about their practice and ideas as well as mine. I’ve prepared a “book island” where diverse finished works, as well as dummies will […]

The Tokyo Art Book Fair started in 2009 as the first book fair in Japan to specialize in art publications. Participants of this annual event includes independent publishers, galleries, bookstores as well as individual artists and artist groups. The fair has seen significant growth in its scale and content over the years, and the three-day event now brings […]

Printed Matter presents the eleventh annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 16 to 18, 2016 at MoMa PS1, Long Island City, Queens. Backbonebooks has been invited by Boabooks  (Geneva) and Edition Fink (Zürich). Works by english poet Elizabeth Lebon, and german artist Janosch Becker will be availiable. It will also be the launching of Fink Twice 506 […]

Berlin Open studio is an annual contemporary art event. It provides insight in the city’s exceptional infrastructure on the level of artistic production: Sudios throughout Berlin function as participating venues, in which individual artists not only present their work, but simultaneously host that of other artists. bbb is invited by Studio Hellmich – Wüst and will be showing […]

In the latest instalment of her monthly column on artists’ books, Sarah Bodman looks at two artists whose publishing practice sees them exhibiting at major upcoming events in the USA. Backbonebooks, run by Claudia de la Torre and Boabooks, run by Izet Sheshivari. Sarah Bodman is an artist and researcher at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), […]

As part of the 3. Project Space Festival, Berlin (1.8 – 31.8) Pierre Granoux has invited backbonebooks to take part in the show “The book as an artwork as an exhibition as a book”, alongisde publications by Brite Endrejat, Claudia de la Torre, Erik Gönrich, Martin Fengel, Maxime Gambus, P. Nicolas Ledoux, Peter Freitag, and Stéphane Belzére. The […]

Claudia de la Torre has been invited by Joachim Schmidt as part of Picture Berlin (a non profit artist-initiated hybrid residency / art academy) to speak about her work as publisher and artist as part of the 2016 summer session lectures. For this occasion, Claudia prepared a lecture that will hopefully make the students aware, that art is […]

Miss Read brings together a wide selection of the most interesting artists / authors, artists periodicals and artists publishers exploring the boundaries of contemporary publishing and the possibilities of the book. Backbonebooks will bring books that have to do with language. Three new editions will be launched: Aktualisierte Ausgabe or the Fischer Variations (Claudia de la Torre), Fringilia […]

With FINK & FRIENDS edition fink curates the publishing house for contemporary art records as a space within a space within OOR a bookshelf with own publications and invites art book publishers to alternate presentations. Ana Wlach and Claudia de la Torre will speak about the process of book making. A head projector, and questions written by the […]

The goal of the workshop is the understanding of what an artist book can be, and the production of a dummy that will respond to the interest of each artist. What is an artist book? What is the difference between a “catalog” a “photo book” and an artist publication? What is independent publishing? How can form and content […]

KubaParis is an independent magazine for young art that focus on diversity, quality and eagerness to experiment within the young art and cultural scene. For the online platform, Amelie gr. Darrellmann asks Claudia de la Torre as artist and publisher some fundamental questions about the roll of the viewer, the working process with the medium book, collaboration, and […]

Claudia de la Torre is presenting an overview of her work as conceptual artist and publisher of backbonebooks in one, room specific installation. A new book, Small Comfort, will accompany the show. Relating to the exhibition as an overview of all the publications by backbonebooks, the young publishing house will present its new, growing identity within the launching […]

For the Art Book Fair Berlin 2015, backbonebooks will be presenting a selection of its publications as well as the launching of Small Comfort, a book by Claudia de la Torre. Also the limited edition As in real life, only certain creatures have skins will be shown for the first time, relating to the new identity of the […]

Emiliana will be presenting her book in Barcelona, while having a virtual conversation via Skype with Claudia de la Torre. This edition deals with the re appropriation of a spanish dictionary. By methods of selection and exclusion the original function of the book is gone, creating therefore a new narrative that invites to make new connections between images […]

This exhibition will present the collection of Michalis Pichler and Tom Sowden devoted to appropriations and / or tributes to Ed Ruscha’s books. Fed for several years, it currently has nearly 400 titles, all times and all countries combined, demonstrating more than ever, that the appropriation and paraphrasing of Ed Ruscha constitutes a genre of its own. backbonebooks […]

backbonebooks will take part of this years Arts Libris, the international fair of Contemporary Edition,  which will be held from the 20th – 24th April in  Arts Santa Mònica – Centre de la Creativitat. Claudia de la Torre will take part of the Speakers’ Corner, a dynamic and flexible space for discussion, dissemination and exchange between authors, publishers […]

The book is a collection of the artist’s photographs as compiled and edited by the trio, who first met in Berlin in the Summer of 2014. Their subjects relate to travel and its obligatory pit stops, mainly in Europe and also in Asia. The publication, which is the culmination of Jackson Wyatt’s collaboration with bachbonebooks, comprising Claudia de […]

Bruno Silva and Romane Domas run Home alonE. Located next to the Saint Pierre market at Clermont-Ferrand, they decided to open their apartment, open the door and offer their space (a lounge and, who knows, the attic) as a place for exhibitions and dialogue. I (Claudia) met them in France as I was doing a residency in Clermont. […]

In March 2015, I went to México City and visited Aeromoto – a public library in the Juarez neighborhood. I like this place! As it is not a shop, but a public library where people gather to talk, and look at books. We spoke about my projects and I gave them some of backbonebooks books for the library. […]

The recent evolution and democratisation of printing techniques has encouraged many artists to re-evaluate their position in relation to literature, to books, and to the page. Dedicated to the exploration of new practices within art book production, the 2014 exhibition will consider the page for its simultaneously poetic, structural and physical elements. The exhibition will highlight a wide […]

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Ed Ruscha’s legendary artist books together with books and works of art by more than 100 contemporary artists that respond directly and diversely to Ruscha’s original project. Organized by Bob Monk, Ed Ruscha Books & Co. has been drawn from private collections, including Ruscha’s own. Most of the books […]

This installation transforms the exhibition space into a service facility: a table, chairs, a reading lamp and the bookshelves, that are inspired by the interior of a library. The books themselves have one thing in common: A look at their spine reveals that all titles consist of questions. Claudia de la Torre is using the books as an […]

This was the first event. I  (Claudia de la Torre) organized a group show in the Mucharaum of the Kunstakademie Karlsruhe (Germany). A big table, some chairs around it and books as art works. I invited people I knew from the academy and elsewhere that knew had done a book related project  and proposed them to take part […]