Unlock: Visual Dissidence brings to Herne (Germany) a selection of publishers and artists whose work explores the creative area where graffiti, street art and contemporary art overlap.
The event starts with a two-day book fair featuring a selected line-up of independent European publishers working with progressive forms of uncommissioned public art.
Each exhibiting publisher invites one artist from their roster to take part in an exhibition that will remain on display for three weeks after the fair. The exhibition will explore artistic approaches that push the conventions of uncomissioned public art and take it into unusual territories.
In addition to the publishers’ stalls, the book fair weekend features book launches and a series of talks enquiring into issues crucial to the evolution of graffiti and street art, with a particular focus on its most forward-thinking manifestations. How should the exhibiting of street artworks be approached? How can publishing be used to effectively communicate these kinds of practices?
The fair, exhibition and accompanying events will take place at Alter Wartesaal – the former waiting room of Deutsche Bahn’s station in Herne.
Book fair: 8 & 9 September
Saturday 8th, 11–19h
Sunday 9th, 11–18h
Exhibition: 8–30 September
Thursdays, fridays and saturdays 16–20h
Alter Wartesaal im Bahnhof Herne
Deutsche Bahn station, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1
Unlock: Visual Dissidence is a collaboration between the Unlock Book Fair, an international event series directed by Spanish researcher Javier Abarca, and the Museum für Visuelle Dissidenz, a curatorial project directed by German author and curator Robert Kaltenhäuser in cooperation with Pottporus e.V.
Image: Emmett E. Sprühlinien (2017).