Sep 15-16, 2023
184 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
TO BRING A BOOK FAIR BACK TO BOOKS.
Rehearsal Art Book Fair, taking place on Sep 15 and 16, 2023 in New York City, seeks to explore and present the essence of independent art and literary publishing within highly capitalized and/or censored contexts.
Derived from the French word “rehercier”, “rehearsal” means “to practice” or “to repeat, to understand anew.” We invite independent presses, editions, collectives, and individuals from both local New York and around the world to join this fair. Additionally, a collection of curated Samizdat from mainland China will be exhibited for the very first time. We appreciate the continuous practices of bookmaking as personal rehearsals and revolutions.
The first Rehearsal Art Book Fair happens at the theater space and bathhouse-converted classrooms of University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side), a historic community hub that has been supporting immigrant workers and low-income families since the 19th century.
The fair is co-organized voluntarily by Bungee Space (a photography, image study- and image criticism-focused art book store based in New York) and Accent Sisters (a speakeasy literature bookstore and publishing studio based in New Jersey).
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Rehearsal Art Book Fair is generously supported by:
Ou Ning, Chia-Ying Yu, Leila Anaïs Pyrczak, Keiko Tanigichi, Hongru Pan, Norino Shi, Huiran Yi, Venus Lyn, Claire Rao, Zichen Yuan, Sichen Li
and All Volunteers
184 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
All attendees are requested to wear face masks. In this joyous and large gathering, these precautions are in place to protect our community.
Most fair days require tickets, with a limited number available at the entrance. However, we ensure that no one is denied entry due to financial constraints. The purchase of tickets on these days supports our nonprofit production.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Sep 15, Friday | 7:30-10 PM
This opening night VIP ticket includes the book fair preview, the opening night event “Publishing Punchlines: Poos from the Press”, and a free ticket for Sep 16th entry. VIP Tickts are limited due to space capacity.
Opening Night VIP Ticket, $20
Sep 16, Saturday | 11 AM-7:30 PM
A timed-entry ticket provides a 60-minute time frame to enter on Sep 16, 2023.
General Admission, $5
Rehearsal Art Book Fair and University Settlement are committed to creating an accessible environment for all visitors, exhibitors, and staff. The accessible entrance to the building is located on Eldridge St. next to the main entrance. All exhibition spaces and public restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Furthermore, we are delighted to offer priority access on Saturday, 9/16, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, exclusively for individuals who are immunocompromised, disabled, elderly, or at high risk. These designated "Accessible Hours" are designed to allow these community members to enjoy the fair with reduced crowds and shorter entry lines. If you have any additional questions regarding accessibility, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eating and drinking are not allowed in the performance space without permission. Smoking and vaping are prohibited.
No live flame is allowed on stage.
No incense can be used in the space.
No atmospheric effects (haze, fog, etc.) can be used in the space.
Bicycles, rollerblades, skates, and pets are not allowed in the building.
Hard-soled shoes, rosin, and water are not allowed on the dance floor.
- No item may be affixed to any surface in Speyer Hall or 184 Eldridge Street which would cause damage to that surface. This includes but is not limited to using nails, screws, staples, glue, and adhesives, which leave a mark or residue.
- Service animals need to enter with the necessary paperwork on hand.
128 LIT NY, US
128 LIT is a print and online literature and art magazine based in New York City that has an international focus. It is a re-orienting place that confronts normative euro-centric narratives and aesthetics. Winner of CLMP’s 2023 Firecracker Award for Best Debut Magazine, 128 LIT is committed to publishing poetry, translation, fiction, essays, hybrid works, and art that startle and move.
Accent Sisters NJ, US
Accent Accent is a nomadic literary organization that facilitates synergies across borders, languages, and media. It is a home where accents become the strongest notes. Our mission is to connect writers and creators who identify as Chinese and of Asian heritage through various activities, including bilingual workshops, publishing, residencies, and text-related, narrative-driven art exhibitions. Founded in 2019, the Accent Accent team is primarily based in New York City. In 2022, we opened 'Accent Sisters,' our speakeasy bookstore and art space, in Jersey City, the phantom limb of New York City, where many new Chinese immigrants and Asian Americans work across the river in Manhattan, live, and sleep.
Aine Mullaly NY, US
Alfredo Travieso FL, US
Ares Maia NY, US
Ares Maia, a Brazilian Artist based in New York, infuses her work with vibrant colors and symbols influenced by her cultural heritage and immigrant experience. Her zines overflow with transformed ordinary objects, giving voice to memories and cherishing experiences that have shaped who we are today. Ares is a published zine designer whose work has been featured in publications such as I-D and Allure Magazine.
Art Against Displacement (AAD) NY, US
Based in Manhattan’s Chinatown and Lower East Side on unceded Lenape land, Art Against Displacement (AAD) is a coalition of artists and art workers that seeks to amplify the demands of those whose livelihoods are threatened by predatory development, and to work in solidarity with grassroots organizations toward community-led rezoning. Gentrification is not an inevitable result of urban development; we reject the instrumentalization of cultural workers towards the displacement of long-term residents and businesses.
Bored Wolves Poland
Bored Wolves is an independent publisher run by poet Stefan Lorenzutti and Joanna Osiewicz-Lorenzutti, based in Kraków and the Polish Highlands. We are dedicated to publishing artist’s books, poet’s books, zines, and comix, with many of our books blending and overlapping these categories. Working with authors, artists, and graphic designers across borders (sixteen countries) and languages (translated into English), mediums and disciplines, we are committed to the individuality of each title and curious about the patterns and echoes that emerge between them.
Bricks from the Kiln CT, US
Bricks from the Kiln is an irregular journal / multifarious publishing platform edited and run by Matthew Stuart and Andrew Walsh-Lister between the UK and US. It was established in mid-2015 to support critically minded and explorative writing on and around art, design and literature.
Bungee Space NY, US
What (MORE) can a bookstore do? - A question we must constantly propose.
Bungee Space is an image study- and image criticism-focused art book store, which also sells coffee, wearable designs, and works as an artist-run space & publisher. Rooting in where we come from, our ways of working, and means to survive, we simultaneously try to pursue independence and sustainability to provide a valuable space for emerging contributors to our art ecology. Standing beyond conventional definition of a bookstore, we involve, form, and transform community, intervene social, political, and cultural lives, creating chaos.
Chang Yuchen NY, US
Chang Yuchen works in an interdisciplinary manner - writing as weaving, drawing as translation, teaching as hospitality, commerce as social experiment (see Use Value) and publishing as a dandelion spreading its seeds. By constantly entering and exiting each medium, she strolls against the category of things, the labor division among people.
Draw Down Books CT, US
Draw Down Books is a publishing platform founded by graphic designers and design educators Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda (Nlaka’pamux). Headquartered in New Haven and Boston, Draw Down publishes books related to graphic design, typography, illustration, photography, and contemporary art. Draw Down’s online store also features a curated collection of art and artist books, zines, posters, type specimens and design-related publications.
Each and Every Press MI, US
Each and Every is an artist-run Risograph press that focuses on the creation of experimental publications. These publications include unbound works that can be read in any order, and a book featuring virtual objects created by feeding episodes of reality television show Love Island into 3D modeling software.
Over the last year we have published a larger book by ceramic artist Chen Zou, and a series of illustrations by painter and illustrator Martyna Alexander.
First Last NY, US
Foreshadow/草蛇灰线 MD, US
Foreshadow Pub, which signifies the pursuit of subtle clues beneath the surface, is a publishing group formed by two visual creators with a background in Chinese culture, currently residing in the United States. Our publications encompass various creative forms such as graphic design, illustration, photography, and editorial work. Our explorations cover a range of topics including but not limited to social issues, feminism, and folk studies.
Foreshadow Pub places a strong emphasis on in-depth cultural research and practice, striving to pinpoint the specific focal points within broader themes to achieve authentic self-expression. As practitioners in the realm of graphic arts, visual imagery is just one facet of our expression. We equally emphasize the power of words to meticulously unveil the essence of the subjects we address.
wenjingart.com / www.aoaoying.com
G Axis Press NY, US
Based in Shanghai and New York, G Axis Press is a self-publication platform dedicated to small press projects founded by Joyce Shi in 2014.
As a self-publication practice, the press is mainly focused on graphic design as a subject matter. Works published by G Axis Press mainly challenge the book format as an interactive object, an architecture, and a time-based medium.
The press currently partners with various bookstores and art galleries to showcase works globally. The most recent event the press has participated was the Brooklyn Art Book Fair in 2023.
Gong Press NY, US
GONG PRESS is a publishing project by Qianfan Gu (based in New York), St. Jiu (based in Beijing), and Yuki He (based in New York). We produce art publications in collaboration with our artist friends. The project is named after the weapon “GONG (弓, bow)”: like a bow without an arrow, Gong Press exists in a state of quiet and dormant potency, ready to be activated through creative collaborations.
Established in 2015, Imageless is an award-winning independent photobook publisher based in Shanghai, China. Through producing high-quality, limited-edition photobooks, our primary goal is to increase the representation of East-Asian photographers in the global photography community.
While focusing predominantly on Chinese photography, we aim to work with some of East Asia’s most promising and prominent contemporary photographers to produce powerful work that blends unique visual languages with culturally nuanced storytelling.
Our ethos of uncovering new talent and helping to develop the careers of up-and-coming photographers is at the core of the annual Imageless Dummy Photobook Awards (IDPA) and Spark Zine Project with Bananafish Books.
As of January 2023, Imageless has published 28 photobooks and held exhibitions, educational events, and international art exchanges all over China.In 2019, 'The Eighth Day' by artist Gao Shan won The Aperture Foundation's 'First Photobook Award' at Paris Photo.
Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) NY, US
Founded in 2011 and based in New York City, the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) expands scholarship, public engagement, and the international visibility of art from Latin America through our program of exhibitions, publishing, research, and partnerships.
Irrelevant Press NY, US
Irrelevant Press is a zine collective and internet shop creating, printing, publishing, and distributing zines and art of all sorts in Oakland, Brooklyn, and on the world wide web. Our own work centers around the internet and online culture, but we print, product, and distribute work of other artists that range from educational resources to photography.
KGP MONOLITH NY, US
Kris Graves Projects collaborates with artists to create limited edition publications and archival prints, focusing on contemporary photography and works on paper that address issues of race, identity, equity, gender, sexuality, and class.
Mateo Arciniegas Huertas NY, US
(B 1993, Bogota, Colombia) Brooklyn-based photographer.
Arciniegas Huertas work focuses on loss, the passage of time, and existence as a self-reflecting vehicle for understanding and accepting the human experience. he explores his familiar transgenerational past and present as a Colombian, Latino American, and immigrant. Resulting in a cathartic experience. Particularly interested in the printed matter and the distribution of culture in accessible forms.
Mega Press/Panayiotis Terzis NY, US
Mega Press is an evolving Risograph publishing platform dedicated to showcasing dynamic and unique content that looks towards the tides of the future while marinating the detritus of the past in the turbulence of our present moment. Mega was founded by artist and printmaker Panayiotis Terzis in 2014 after several years of attempts to transform the humble Risograph printing process through the application of print design and production techniques imported from traditional printmaking disciplines.
Mega Press has participated in book fairs around the planet, including the New York Art Book Fair, the Chicago Art Book Fair, the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, the Brooklyn Art Book Fair, Shanghai UNFOLD, the Tokyo Art Book Fair, Safari London, and the Yale Art Book Fair in New Haven among others.
Other World Riso NJ, US
Other World is a risograph publishing project started by Brooke Lord in 2023. Other World started as a self-published comic series about the underground industrial techno music scene and queer nightlife in Chicago; and illustrates themes of ending, beginning, reality, fantasy, sentimentality, transcendence, and in part is a eulogy for places that no longer exist. Other World focusing on alienation, self-discovery, and the liminal space of not-being-able-to-return and finding a way to move forward.
OU Ning/Isogloss NY, US
Ou Ning is the director of the documentaries San Yuan Li (2003) and Meishi Street (2006); chief curator of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture (2009); jury member of 8th Benesse Prize at 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum (2011); founding chief editor of the literary journal Chutzpah!(2010-2014); founder of the Bishan Project (2011-2016); a visiting professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (2016-2017); and a senior research fellow of the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research in Boston (2019-2023).
Page Bureau 书局 NY, US
Page Bureau 书局 is a self-publishing unit of RELATED DEPARTMENT 有关设计部门, which releases miscellaneous printed matter and digital files. RELATED DEPARTMENT 有关设计部门 is an independent graphic design practice based in Shanghai (with its research division est.dept 东部 based in New York), dedicated to alternative design approaches in the shifting post-colonial and post-Internet contexts.
Pearl Slug Studio NY, US
Pearl Slug Studio is a zine and art book studio based in New York and Shanghai. We are committed to use books as a free carrier to materialize ideas. We hope to explore the possibilities of paper production and creation through the art practice of Pearl Slug Studio, and to share the experience with more like-minded creators.
Pearl Slug is a studio rooted in the Chinese and East Asian culture, but we are also eager to have close connections with creators in other cultures and to keep gathering and helping emerging artists who have the same aspirations and similar struggles through our efforts.
Peripheral Review Canada
Founded in 2016, Peripheral Review is an independent, not-for-profit platform for documenting and expanding the emerging and under-represented contemporary art scene, as well as enabling access for emerging writers by encouraging accessible critical dialogue.
Phase Zero NYC NY, US
Phase Zero is an experimental-exploration-time-capsule-print-publication. It is an artifact attempting to document and critique the rapidly evolving culture and visual language of the current counterculture in NYC. Its DIY aesthetic, guerilla marketing, and rapid production mimics the tactics of 70s punk fanzines to contradict the internet aesthetic and create traditional community networks. Constantly evolving to simulate culture and trend cycles, the publication’s formula is simple but never finalized. Its container is an unconventional manifesto: a conversation between the two editors with new annotations for every issue.
The discourse continues in monthly community meetings where new content is collected and old content is questioned. This dialogue is manifested in its ephemera: iterations of unfinished issues, typeface sketches on ripped newsprint, existential writings scribbled haphazardly on misprints, and messy risograph flyers.
Phase Zero is a space for anyone to share whatever they want. Phase Zero is subject to change.
press button press NY, US
Press button press is a start-up art collective consisting of New York-based designers, illustrators, and animators. Their works are focused on experimental narrative, scientific visualizing, and innovative riso printmaking and animation. These works received many recognitions in the illustration, book-making, and animation fields. They started Press button press to publish their works to communicate their idea and innovations about artists’ books.
prompt: NY, US
prompt: is a collaborative artist publication directed by Nicole Kaack and Mira Dayal. Each issue brings together two artists, writers, or scholars who have not previously worked together and are chosen by Dayal and Kaack because of their mutual interests in a particular form of research or subject matter. Collaborators work together over a period of several months to produce a publication presented as an archive of correspondence or a draft for future work.
Rachel Lau Canada
Rachel Lau is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and community organizer based in what's colonially known as "Vancouver". Inspired by the tenderness and strength of queer and racialized communities that raised them, they create work that embraces feeling and communality. Their current practice includes sound art, poetry, photography, drawing, and zine-making. Currently, Rachel is a co-librarian of Queer Reads Library, a mobile library of independently published queer books and zines based in Hong Kong and Vancouver.
RAW MEAT NY, US
Raw Meat is an independent publishing house based in Brooklyn, NY. We work with a range of contemporary fine artists in various mediums, primarily in artist books, photography, print, limited editions and fine art ephemera. The publishing house was created, designed and established by artist Kyle Quinn in 2015. Artist book concepts range from current political struggles, sorrow and sadness, fine art erotica, camp queer topics and much more. We strive to give a visual voice to LGBTQIA+ & Femme contemporary artists within artist books, publications and printed media.
All books, publications and zines within the collective are produced once and only available through Raw Meat, through the participating artist independently or through our limited stock listings.
Sara Miguel Spain
Savoir Faire, a series of publications by Sara Miguel, recalls on exposure, privacy, intimacy, capital and self-knowledge from a complete visual approach and overall personal understanding. It reflects on the idea of physical and on-air boundaries, from inner self concerns comparing to outer self events in between applied and autonomous art.
Satélite Books NY, US
Independent publisher on contemporary art, theory, critique, design and urban affairs with books, prints and projects. Operates in the brazil-new york axis.
Special Special NY, US
Special Special is a creative studio that has served many functions since its inception in 2016. As a gathering space of creative minds, we are a platform that intends to surprise, delight, and inspire through our unique perspective on everyday experiences.
Spector Books Germany
Spector’s publishing practice is settled squarely in the intersection of art, theory, and design. Based in Leipzig Germany, our publishing house explores the possibilities offered by an active exchange between all parties involved in the book production process: artists, authors, book designers, lithographers, printers and bookbinders. The book as medium is turned into a stage, a site of encounter for productive exchange. Finding innovative approaches to the medium today calls for a well considered interplay between the content, design, and materiality of a book.
Squeeze Sour CA, US
Squeeze Sour is a project that begins with many fragments and novel ideas that are often overshadowed by repetitive day-to-day life. The creators of Squeeze Sour are occupied with their nine-to-five jobs and rarely have the opportunity to express themselves. The goal is to make Squeeze Sour a platform for creations that are limited in time and resources. While our mundane world has tied us up, I believe the sourness of the squeezing process deserves the bittersweet results.
Sserp Press NY, US
Sserp Press is a Risograph printing studio based in New York City.
What is sserp? Sserp is press spelled backwards. When learning printmaking, you might be told to "mind your p's and q's," meaning to pay attention to whether your printing method needs to be planned backwards.
Sserp Press is interested in self-reference, humor and joy that comes from the act of printing. Sserp Press also believes in trying to keep a beginner's mind, embracing natural imperfection, acknowledging the purpose and design of tools and materials, and continuing to create even though we live in a society.
Taole Zhu NY, US
Taole Zhu is a visual artist and apprentice of mathematics. Working with images, videos and sculptural installations, his artistic output and intellectual exploration has been on hiatus since the pandemic. Currently he’s devoted to do things that don’t necessarily produce real value.
te editions NY, US
te is an annual bilingual publication of contemporary art and cultural anthropology. Each issue expands on a specific theme, and we invite practitioners in diverse fields to explore and reflect on the dynamic cultural landscapes across regions. Recurring motifs include the fluidity of cultures, languages and beliefs in specific communities and the adaptation of individual narratives to the shifting social and geopolitical environment.
te aims to create an open creative platform. The form of our content ranges from essays and interviews to poetry, photography and more. We also publish manuscripts, personal notes, archival records and other primary sources that complement and animate the authors’ reflections. We’d like to see the content te shares with its readers as extending from the professional and creative practices of our contributors in their respective fields; at the same time, we are excited about generating new forms of content through the cross-pollination of ideas, perspectives and approaches inherent in our editorial process.
The Ship Escaped NY, US
Tim Soter is a photographer and book publisher operating under his imprint The Ship Escaped. His books include ForTress, an unusual tale of friendship with renowned photographer Arthur Tress as well as TIM! GO AWAY! a book about Duane Michals. Also the recent release Environments - quirky spaces shot with a dry sense of humor. His books are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, International Center of Photography, Tate Modern, and Alec Soth’s collection. His parents also have a copy or two. He teaches photography at Fashion Institute of Technology and bookmaking at Center for Book Arts.
Tina Lee NY, US
Tina Lee (born South Korea, 2000) is a multidisciplinary artist and writer whose work consists of capturing strange and vibrant moments within their daily maelstrom of life. In documenting of and writing about the cyclical yet endlessly unpredictable patterns of daily urban life, Tina Lee processes their feelings of ambivalence and cynicism about moving through the world we all live in.
Valley Books NY, US
Valley Books is a new publishing house dedicated to making high quality photography books and zines by artists who have not had the opportunity to publish before. We work especially with artists of color, women artists, and artists from the LGBTQIA+ who are on the margins of the contemporary photobook publishing circuit. Valley Books strives for a handmade element in each of our publications, each copy of a book has had some hand work done to it. Valley is young and we are excited to expand our catalogue in the coming year with a number of new projects.
Wah-Ming Chang NY, US
Xi Li NY, US
Xi Li (b. 1995 Suzhou, China) is an artist who works with photography, video and installation to address the unreliability of image and the fallibility of memory, using methods of construction, simulation, intervention and refabrication in her studio, to consider the unstable harmony between actual and fictive recollections of the past, and to blur the lines in between. Li has exhibited internationally in François Ghebaly in Los Angeles, AMANITA, LATITUDE Gallery and Inna Art Space in New York City, Aperture Gallery in London and MadeIn Gallery in Shanghai. Li is the recipient of the 2023 Aperture x Creator Labs Photo Fund award. Her self-published book Traces of Invisibilities has been shortlisted for Photo 2020 x Perimeter International Photobook Prize. Li recently received her MFA in Photography from Yale School of Art and currently lives and works in New York.
Young Knee Cool NY, US
Young Knee Cool opened an artist-run space and studio in Queens Long Island City, NY in September 2019. Through a variety of approaches, we are dedicated to organizing experimental exhibitions and events and creating an open dialogue for artists. we also sell artists' ZINE and goods.
Zichen Yuan NY, US
A key tells a story—whether opening the door to a bedroom or unlocking a bicycle. It signifies our interactions with the world while simultaneously safeguarding our sanctuaries from intrusion. Accompanied by other items on a metal loop, they narrate tales of hidden secrets, far-flung relationships, or perhaps a rant of the ever-rising New York rent.
"Keychain Access" delves deep into this narrative. Through photography, interviews, and audio recordings this project attempts to capture and share the visual qualities, stories, and sounds of keys, charms, and fobs, linked in tandem. In an age rapidly veering towards digital modes of security—from biometrics to password managers—the tactile intimacy of the keychain faces potential oblivion. Echoing Apple's Mac OS X password manager, "Keychain Access" seeks to archive these seemingly mundane objects before they fade into obscurity and are forgotten.
This experience at the Rehearsal Art Book fair will be an opportunity for visitors to participate in this project and become part of the publication process, reversing the roles of the exhibitor and the visitors.
Sep 15, Fri | 7:30-10 PM
An open mic stand-up sharing event:
Publishing Punchlines: Poos from the Press
By ‘Rehearsing’ an art book fair, we will organize an open mic stand-up sharing event "Publishing Punchlines: Poos from the Press" that brings together publishers, editors, and industry professionals for a night of laughter and storytelling on Sep 15, 2023. This unique event provides a platform for publishing insiders to share their funniest and craziest anecdotes, mishaps, and encounters from the world of books, editing, and publishing.
Sep 15, Fri | 7:30-10 PM
Sep 16, Sat | 11 AM-7:30 PM
A special exhibition:
(independent/underground) publications by Chinese-speaking Creators, over 240 titles of curated Samizdat from Chinese-speaking creators will be presented at Rehearsal Art Book Fair, also in the US for the very first time. This signifies our appreciation for the consistent practice of bookmaking as personal Rehearsals and Revolutions. We aspire for her significance and impact to endure far beyond the mere existence of the exhibition, leaving behind valuable reference materals for future research.