A panel of talks about graffiti and street art publishing
Lisbon Street Art and Urban Creativity International Conference
July 8th, 14h
Faculdade de Belas-Artes
Universidade de Lisboa

The Unlock Book Fair brings to the Lisbon Street Art and Urban Creativity International Conference a panel about graffiti and street art publishing. The panel will explore the conference’s topics: “intangible heritage” and “knowledge transfer”.

How can publishing help preserve graffiti and street art for future audiences to study and enjoy? What parts of the art can be preserved? Are there approaches to knowledge transfer that avoid commodification? How can the intangible parts of graffiti folklore be safeguarded?

The presenters on the Unlock panel, Italian artist duo Cyop & Kaf and French illustrator Loiq (Graffitips), are known for publishing texts that push the limits of these questions.

In addition to the talks, Unlock brings to Lisbon the first edition of the Unlock Showcase, a travelling bookstore with limited and rare material from a selection of independent publishers. The bookstore Ciudadano Grant will be there as well, exhibiting their wide selection of books.

CYOP & KAF (Italy)

Italian artist duo Cyop & Kaf shun the spotlight and focus on the kind of humble, steady work that affords lesser notoriety but is held with high respect by peers and knowledgeable viewers. They are known for long projects in particular neighborhoods, and for sharing the resulting documentation through carefully edited, often self-published books.

Their two most ambitious books to date, Quore Spinato (2013) and Taranto (2014) are examples of coherent and effectual street art publishing, in that they stay within the DIY ethos of the practice and keep a useful focus on a particular space and time.

LOIQ (France)

One recent palpable presence in the graffiti scene is the work of French illustrator Loiq. His online series Graffitips is a lively and knowledgeable collection of comic panels explaining useful tips for making graffiti. There is a well-established tradition of methods and techniques that constitutes a huge part of what the practice of graffiti is about. This knowledge is a key element in the intangible heritage of graffiti, and Graffitips is an innovative and powerful approach to its preservation.

Loiq will present his recently printed fanzine version of Graffitips, yet another example of how the internet is nurturing a new generation of fanzine publishers, bending the scene back closer to its original channels for knowledge transfer.


The Unlock Showcase is a travelling bookstore with limited and rare material from a selection of independent publishers. It will make its first stop at the Lisbon Conference. The Showcase will feature publications from Cyop & Kaf (IT), Bill Daniel (US), Dutch Graffiti Library (NL), Loiq (FR), No Flags (US) and Signal (US).

Our invited bookstore Ciudadano Grant from Madrid will also have a stall with a wide catalogue of books on graffiti and street art.

The two bookstores will be open during the three days of the conference (6, 7 and 8) by the doors of the lecture hall.