After some months of uncertainty due to the international situation, we are relaunching the communication for this fall’s Unlock Book Fair. The Municipality of Modena, our main sponsor, is fully supporting the dates. We are working on expanding the facilities to accommodate for distancing regulations.
We are excited to bring together the international graffiti publishing scene, for the fifth year this time. A good number of European and American publishers, both old and new friends, have already signed-up. Applications are open until September 15th.
Our sister event, The Tag Conference, is taking place as well. And, last but not least, local brewer Beer Belly will support Unlock with fresh craft beer. Stay tuned for more news coming up – see you in Modena this fall!
Punk Graffiti Archives: Madrid covers the country’s punk-originated graffiti scene that thrived in the second half of the eighties. The book was published as a companion to last year’s Unlock Book Fair, which took place in Amsterdam in December 8–9 under the topic “punk and graffiti”. It features plenty of rare documentation, including vintage images and newspaper articles translated into English.
This coming Friday 25th we will be in Madrid celebrating the launch of the second, expanded edition of the book. The event will also include the launch of the book’s sister volume Punk Graffiti Archives: The Netherlands. Two extremely obscure video-documents of Amsterdam’s punk graffiti years will be screened.
Facebook event: facebook.com/events/2381724168737416
More about the book here: unlockfair.com/punk-graffiti-archives-madrid
The fourth annual Unlock Book Fair took place earlier this month in Cologne. It was once more the meeting of cutting edge, independent, graffiti-related publishers from Europe and beyond. This year’s location was particularly fitting: two of the abandoned arches under the railway in the Ehrenfeld area. The fair was part of the opening weekend of CityLeaks festival. The street was blocked to car traffic, with music and other events going on in different arches all day and until midnight.
The lineup again included projects from all across Europe, and also from other continents – Insomnia, the first graffiti magazine from Israel, and US publishing house Cut in the Fence, co-directed by Adam Void, who gave a lively presentation about the project.
Two particularly ambitious and long-awaited projects were launched at this year’s fair. One is Boulevard magazine, edited by the German authors and curators Robert Kaltenhäuser and Harald Hinz. This first issue of Boulevard features, among other things, a collection of relevant essays from different eras that either have been long out of print or had never been translated to English.
The second groundbreaking contribution is Grintz, directed by Paris-based curator Christian Omodeo, a collaborative online database for graffiti and street art publications that is sure to change the game for aficionados the world over.
Other highlights of the events program were the screening of the film Inside the gancheros meeting, a rare look into the obscure “ganchos” tagging culture of Monterrey, México, and the closing dance performance by Turkish-German calligrapher and choreographer Kadir ‘Amigo’ Memis.
Big thanks to all the volunteers, to CityLeaks and to everyone who came. Thanks to Dedicated Store, the hub of the local graffiti scene, who kindly hosted the fair’s warm-up party in the Friday evening. It was a great weekend folks.
On the Monday and Tuesday directly after the fair, and also in Cologne, the same team behind the 2019 Unlock Book Fair produced the Tag Conference, a unique gathering of researchers dealing with different forms of name-writing in public space.
Punk Graffiti Archives: The Netherlands, covers the country’s punk-originated graffiti scene that thrived from 1977 to 1983. The book was published as a companion to last year’s Unlock Book Fair, which took place in Amsterdam in December 8–9 under the topic “punk and graffiti”. It features plenty of rare documentation, including newspaper articles, zine pages, comics and ephemera, all of it translated into English.
This Friday 13th we travel back to Amsterdam to celebrate the launch of the second, expanded edition of the book. Join us for an evening of punk graffiti! The event will include the screening of two extremely obscure video-documents of Amsterdam’s punk graffiti years, and a poetry reading by Diana Ozon, a friend of Unlock and the main contributor to the book.
Friday 13th September 2019
Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93
Facebook event: facebook.com/events/495908184301341
More about the book here: unlockfair.com/punk-graffiti-archives-the-netherlands