“Tramp Directories, Noms-de-Road and Unwritten Codes” – a companion book to the 2017 Unlock Book Fair
We are excited to announce Tramp Directories, Noms-de-Road and Unwritten Codes, the book we have been working on in the last months to be launched as part of this year’s fair. It will be the first look into hobo graffiti and culture from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, an era of hobo graffiti few people knew existed.
This book is the highlight of our year’s topic, “North American railroad cultures”. Recently unearthed, groundbreaking photographic and film documentation of late 19th Century hobo graffiti will be unveiled. Don’t miss our Unlock Showcase stall featuring a selection of obscure publications on the topic, brought from across the Atlantic with the help of Bombing Science.
Pixação: São Paulo Signature was published ten years ago. It was the first book about the then barely known pixação culture of São Paulo. Its author is French typographer and architect François Chastanet.
The book has since become a collectors item, long-discontinued, and demanding high prices on online bookstores. Chastanet is in Berlin to take part in the TAG Conference, and also to exhibit his published books at Unlock Book Fair 2017. He is bringing several copies of São Paulo Signature to his stall at the fair. The books will be for sale at their original price, 30€. Don’t miss it!
Exclusive for the Unlock Book Fair 2017! Two freshly released books from Editions Terrain Vague (Paris) will be first available at the fair: the english version of Dialogues by Alexandre “Mosa” Bavard and The infancy of art by Gues and WXYZ.
Dialogues: Alexandre Bavard, AKA Mosa, engages in four dialogues to better define his protean artistic approach. The artist talks to Christine Tsouladzé, his mother, Jacques Bavard, his father, Bernard Fontaine, author of books on urban art, and Manuel Morin from P38 gallery.
The infancy of art: WXYZ and Gues decided to reconnect with the roots of graffiti by engaging in a graphic dialogue with several children from seven to twelve. The boundaries between the ages, between drawing and writing, fade away to invent new repertoires of forms in colorful compositions with several hands that this book reproduces faithfully.
The Dutch Graffiti Library is a collection of more than 30 years of graffiti in the Netherlands documented in thousands of original photographs and documents. An ambitious project at the service of education, museums and researchers.
The Dutch Graffiti Library also publishes books. Check them out at the Unlock Book Fair 2017 in Berlin.
French artist Loiq recently broke into the scene with Graffitips, a series of humorous and detailed illustrations about graffiti’s secret and invisible methodology.
We are proud to announce, the printed version of Graffitips will have its german launch at Unlock Book Fair 2017. Loiq’s presentation at Unlock Talks Lisbon 2017 was nothing short of brilliant, expect a highly entertaining and insightful talk in Berlin.