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Unlock: Visual Dissidence, book fair & exhibition in Herne, Germany

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New Unlock event coming up in the city of Herne, in Germany. We teamed up with Robert Kaltenhäuser’s curatorial project, the Museum für Visuelle Dissidenz, to produce this event that combines a small book fair and an exhibition.

We have invited a few, progressive European publishers, and each of them has selected one artist to take part in the exhibition. The book fair and exhibition opening will take place on the weekend of September 8 & 9 – including a series of launches and roundtables, and the exhibition will stay on view until the end of the month.

Full info here.

2018 / 06 / 20|

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|

The Unlock Showcase visits London

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Unlock Book Fair’s travelling bookstore, the Unlock Showcase, will open up in London next Wednesday 21st as part of the international symposium Art On The Streets. The event will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Art and features lectures by fifteen world-leading figures in the fields of street art theory and management.

Find us at our stall by the conference room from 10 to 19h with a selection of the underground and independent titles gathered yearly at the Unlock Book Fair. Our invited local publishers, Dog Section and Gamma Proforma, will be there too with their fine collection of street art-related titles.

Unlock Showcase London 2018
Where: ICA, 
The Mall, St. James’s, London
When: March 21, 10–19h

2018 / 03 / 15|