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Save the dates! Unlock Book Fair 2018, Amsterdam 8-9 December

Unlock Book Fair 2018


After two instalments in Barcelona and Berlin, and several offshoot events in different European cities, the 2018 Unlock Book Fair travels to Amsterdam. Expect a new meeting of the international graffiti and street art publishing scene in two days of amazing publications, talks, launches, screenings and all-round fun! Entrance is free.

Year’s topic:
This time the fair’s topic is “punk and graffiti”. We are working on a new reader book to be launched at the fair featuring rare documentation about punk-related graffiti. The events program will also explore this theme, and our Unlock Showcase stall will display and sell a selection of obscure publications on the topic.

A great venue, again!
The fair and accompanying events will take place at the ample and light-filled Aula space of Broedplaats LELY, close to Lelylaan station (with railway, metro, tram and bus links).

And a new Tag Conference too!
On the two days immediately preceding the fair, and also in Amsterdam, the Unlock team welcomes you again to the Tag Conference, the academic (and non-academic) event about name writing in public space. Last year’s conference in Berlin delivered plenty of fascinating insights into this largely underexplored field. Book your tickets to Amsterdam for the Wednesday before Unlock, you don’t want to miss this! Entrance is free.

Broedplaats LELY aula

The venue for the 2018 Unlock Book Fair: the aula space at Broedplaats LELY, Amsterdam-West.

2018 / 07 / 05|

The Unlock Showcase visits Vienna

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Next stop for our graffiti and street art travelling pop-up bookstore is Calle Libre festival in Vienna. The store will be open at the three main events of the festival, on August 4, 9 and 11.

Come to check and buy a selection of publications sourced at the Unlock Book Fair, an event that brings together independent and underground publishers from all over Europe. These are publications printed in short runs and scarcely distributed, you won’t find them in regular bookstores!

In the past two years the Unlock Showcase pop-up bookstore has traveled to Lisbon, Moscow, London, Tartu and Besançon.

– Saturday 4th, 10-17h: Barocke Suiten, Museumsquartier.
– Thursday 9th, 16-22h: Westlicht, Westbahnstraße 40.
– Saturday 11th, 18-22h: Calle Libre closing party, Museumsquartier.

Facebook event here.

2018 / 07 / 01|

The Unlock Showcase visits Tartu

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Unlock Book Fair’s travelling bookstore, the Unlock Showcase, will open up in Tartu (Estonia) this week by invitation of the Stencibility festival. We are happy to take part in one of the most grassroots and authentic street art festivals out there!

You can find our stall by the main activities of the festival, with a selection of the underground and independent titles gathered yearly at the Unlock Book Fair. Check the festival’s full program here.

2018 / 06 / 11|

Unlock Book Fair at Bien Urbain

The Unlock Book Fair visits Bien Urbain! We will be in Besançon, France, next month for a three-day book fair at our favourite festival, put together with local publisher Gasoline. More than 20 local and international publishers, talks, book launches, parties!

Check the full program here. Honoured to be part of this edition of the festival, with Brad Downey as guest curator.

Stay tuned for the main Unlock Book Fair 2018, to take place in Amsterdam in December.

2018 / 05 / 30|

Tramp Directories, Noms-de-Road, and Unwritten Codes

Tramp directories - Unlock Book Fair 2017

The reader book we produced for last year’s fair is now available for online purchase. This unprecedented publication brings to light the most unknown and fascinating graffiti culture to have existed: the hobo graffiti from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Tramp Directories… features excerpts from novels by North American authors Jack London and Leon Ray Livingston – better known by his moniker “A-No.1”, ubiquitous in the railroad landscape of that era. Both authors recounted in their writings their experiences as hobos and prolific taggers, and describe the fascinating and complex transient culture of the hobos.

The book features also illustrations taken from A-No.1’s books, newspaper clippings from the time describing his graffiti feats, and images taken from a mind-blowing and groundbreaking collection recently rescued from the trash: a series of gorgeous photographs and 16mm footage taken in 1969 capturing tags from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The marks were carved on a wooden trackside shack in California by Jack London himself, by A-No.1, and by several hobos mentioned in London’s texts.

Published by Urbanario in 2017.
Edited by Javier Abarca, Thomas Chambers and Susan Phillips.
10×15 cm, 184 pages, b/w.
Price: 15€ plus shipping costs.
Place your order at the publisher’s website (sent from central Spain) or at the online bookstore Hitzerot (sent from Berlin).

Tramp directories - Unlock Book Fair 2017

2018 / 05 / 13|