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Toronto Art Book Fair 2017


TOABF is a free public event taking place June 15th-18th at Artscape Youngplace. The fair features curated exhibitions, 80 Canadian and international exhibitors, and community programming that includes panel discussions, reading, talks, launches, and workshops. Now in its second year, TOABF 2017 will showcase hundreds of national and international artists, publishers, small presses, archives, galleries, critics, designers, curators, bookmakers, writers, and performers.



El Bibliobandido
Four workshops: 12PM to 4PM starting on the hour.

Initiated by artist Marisa Morn Jahn (Studio REV-), Bibliobandido (or Book Bandit) is a character-driven literacy initiative centered on a masked bandit who eats stories. Ravenous, he terrorizes little kids until they offer him stories they’ve written. Word on the street is that El Bibliobandido has his stomach set on the Toronto Art Book Fair, a center for juicy tales. To appease El Bibliobandido‘s appetite, youth aging 6-12 are invited to create paper circuitry stories that integrate bookmaking, performative, online, and digital story-crafting. Through character and arts-driven strategies that appeal to youth, the workshop drives literacy across platforms and promotes STEAM-based learning.

Marisa Morn Jahn is an artist, activist, and founder of Studio REV-, a non-profit organization that produces public art + creative media with low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth. Jahns work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Forum, Univision; presented at The White House, Museum of Modern Art, worker centers, public spaces; and awarded grants from Creative Capital, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance, NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, and Map Fund. A graduate of MIT, she teaches at MIT and The New School. Current projects: CareForce (mobile studios: the CareForce One and NannyVan), Video Slink Uganda, and Bibliobandido.



4:00PM to 5:30PM

Part exhibition catalogue, artists book and candy store advertisement,Multiple Elementaryreflects on the making of an artwork, by Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed, in collaboration with a class of grade six students in Toronto in 2012.

At this pre-launch panel, publication contributors Vesna Krstichpresents her research on the representative possibility of publicationsfor process-based artworksand Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik talks abouttaste in relationship to the “Other” and the hierarchy of the senses.Publication editorsHannah Jickling and Helen Reed reflect on how Krstich and Bhaumiks essays have influenced their current collaborative artwork,Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Sita Kuratomi Bhaumikis conceptual artist, writer, and educator working with craft and food to tell the stories of migration. Sita holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Scripps College, an M.F.A. in interdisciplinary art, and an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts where she currently teaches A Taste of Resistance, a course about the intersection of art, food, and politics. Raised in Los Angeles and based in Oakland, California she is Indian and Japanese Colombian American. Her international projects include dusting curry powder in an Irish castle, importing artisan goods over the US Mexico border, and leading aRecipes for Peaceworkshop in Hong Kong. Her most recent project,Estamos contra el muro | We are against the wall, involved the collaborative construction of a border wall made entirely of piatas. The East Bay Express described it as “the most joyous political critique of the year.”

Vesna Krstichis a Toronto based art critic and independent curator who teaches Visual Arts at Upper Canada College. She holds a BA in Art History from York University and a MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she specialized in Contemporary Art. Her research focuses on the intersection be tween participatory art and pedagogy from 1960 onwards. Her most recent projectBack To School, 2013, a curatorial residency at Gallery tpw in Toronto, investigated historic and contemporary performance-based strategies as experimental pedagogy through a program of workshops, screenings, and discussions. In 2015, she received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to consult the papers of artist/educator Allan Kaprow, held at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She has published inC Magazine,Art Papers,Canadian Art,Parachute, andCurator: The Museum Journal, among others.

Helen Reedand Hannah Jicklinghave been collaborating since 2007. They are currently based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations, and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists multiples. They are currently fascinated with the contact high intrinsic to collaborative work, especially in their recent projects with children. Giant vegetable growers, orienteers, and therian teens also feature in their work.