Heide Hinrichs - shelf documents: art library as practice (EN)
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BOOK PRESENTATION Heide Hinrichs - shelf documents: art library as practice (EN)
Activating the newly published book, shelf documents: art library as practice, this session will take us through sites of action: the institution, the library, the book, listening, and the body. shelf documents features essays, interviews, and drawings, but it eludes such categories. Between a reader, an artist’s book, a project documentation and a catalogue, it might recall a pamphlet, a roadmap, or a recipe book that doesn’t tell you what to do. It is a book that gets mis-shelved.
shelf documents emerges out of the project second shelf (second-shelf.org), a collaborative book acquisition project initiated by artist Heide Hinrichs in 2018 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, with a group of advisors. They integrated 223 new titles by nonbinary, women and queer artists as well as artists of colour in art libraries as a way to fill gaps, to amplify voices, to seek out the self-initiated and the overlooked. In thinking about diversity in collections, the publication proposes art libraries as sites of intersubjective communion, spanning practices that range from personal bookshelves and the libraries of art schools and universities, to those of spontaneous collectives and the ones associated with major museums.
In this session, contributors to shelf documents will unfold different modes of listening and voicing, including through Hinrichs’ drawing practice that gave shape to Inscriptions, a series of drawings presented in Risquons-Tout. Participants are invited to reflect and remake their own practices.
shelf documents: art library as practice is edited by Heide Hinrichs, Jo-ey Tang and Elizabeth Haines. It features contributions by Sara De Bondt, Rachel Dedman, Elizabeth Haines, Heide Hinrichs, Laura Larson, Samia Malik, Melanie Noel, Marisa C. Sánchez, David Senior, Jo-ey Tang, Ersi Varveri and Susanne Weiß. It is published by TRACK and b-books in 2021 and benefits from the support of RAFA Antwerp, KIOSK, Ghent, Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design and WIELS, Brussels.
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