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Preview: Singapore Art Book Fair 2023

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) is back with its largest edition yet. The fair will feature more than 100 local and international Exhibitors showcasing a wide selection of artists’ books, zines, monographs, contemporary art editions, and other printed ephemera.

In light of the easing restrictions and the reopening of borders, SGABF2023 welcomes its widest array of international Exhibitors, from Argentina, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and USA, to physically exhibit at the fair this April.

First time Exhibitors include Singapore graphic artist Theseus Chan, German art book publisher Spector Books, Korean illustrator Robineggpie, Indian art book publisher Tara Books, Australian photobook publisher Tall Poppy Press, and many more.

Returning for the fourth consecutive year are Atelier HOKO, Basheer Graphic Books, Grey Projects, Knuckles & Notch, Studio SWELL, Temporary Press, THEBOOKSHOW and The Institute of Critical Zoologists.

To mark its 10th year, SGABF will be releasing new merchandise that will be available for pre-order. Visitors can expect Festival T-shirts designed by local design studio Currency and silk-screened by local print shop Konstrukt Laboratories, as well as other festival merchandise.

) Installation of Scaffolding on display at Center for Book Arts, New York City

SGABF2023 will also be presenting Scaffolding, an exhibition by US-based artist Tricia Treacy. The exhibition uncovers a collection of printed grids, patterns and geometric frameworks from our constructed and natural environments that can be found everywhere and all around us. The works of Tricia Treacy are narrative and tactile, and should be experienced with hands; slowly. She attempts to blur the boundaries between art and design while extending the notion of a book.

Over the weekend, visitors can also look forward to several talks and launches, including The Book as a Stage; Spector Books’ Publishing Practice, where Spector Books (Germany) share about the book production process; The Slow Press’s (Singapore) launch of By The Moon and The Tides, a zine exploring foraging culture in Singapore; the book launch of Every Step in the Right Direction, where curator and art historian Patrick Flores talks about his thought processes and procedures directing the 2019 Singapore Biennale; Perimeter Editions (Australia) with a talk titled Publishing Ecosystems; Paper Economies, about publishing as a metaphor for a creative, international life; the launch of MFYG: Magazine for Young Girls (For Old Girls, Young Boys, Old Boys and They/Them of all ages); independent magazine and publishing house NEUTRAL COLOURS on The Use and Design of Risograph, and more.

Singapore Art Book Fair 2023 runs from 14th to 16th April 2023. Tickets and more information available here

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