1933 Contemporary is pleased to
announce the first release of 1933 Read / View project on May
30. It is committed to establishing a well-planned reading room, with a goal of
providing curated books on contemporary art practice and thinking. Artistic
events and special series of exhibitions are in planning.
Print and Release,
inaugural event of 1933 Read / View project, is curated by artist and writer, Wang Yiquan, featuring artist’s books, collections
of essays , a bookshop, and self-publishing studios by seven artists and
independent publishers. Participating artists and publishers includes yuet
nam by Lin Aojie and Zhu Jianlin; Fongfo monthly magazine by Fong Wai
King, Zhu Jianlin, Ce Yijie; WTF zine by Nathan Zhou; PDF by Lu
Pingyuan, Hu Yun, Li Mu, Jiazazhi by Yan You; Pulsasir by
Fen Lei; and Bananafish Books by Qing &Wei.
Transforming printing and distribution,
the two important process in publishing, Print and Release brings
the most active figures in Chinese contemporary art scene into 1933
Contemporary’s artistic live event, highlighting spontaneous and persistent
individual practice of artists and publishers.
At the live event, artist writing
project yuet nam will release the latest book of Xu Tan, Keyword:
Visual Oppression, 游戏(You
Xi); Fongfo monthly will
produce a new magazine on-site; artist Nathan Zhou will showcase his
manuscripts and brand new series of WTF zine; PDF will
exhibit its special paper reprints; Jiazazhi will launch its
2015’s new photo books; Pulsasir will introduce recent issue
of New Arts created in cooperation with China Academy of Art
and other books; Bananafish Books will present its collection
of more than 150 independent publications.
yuet nam is a publishing project
launched by artists Lin Aojie and Zhu Jianlin, that focuses on writings by
artists that are not limited to the subject of their artistic creation as well as critic’s independent reviews that
go beyond writing for media. It plans to publish six editions annually, with articles
of 3,000-20,000 words in length by either artists or critics, both in Chinese
and English. The first issue coming out in May of 2015, features artist Xu
Tan's Keyword: Visual Oppression, 游戏(You
Xi). yuet nam is set at a price of RMB 20 each.
was founded on January 8, 2013 in Guangzhou. During March of that same year,
the first issue of the privately owned magazine published 50 copies for public
sale. The magazine is run by four people; including
the editor-in-chief of Fong Wai King, the publishing and advertising director
Zhu Jianlin, the producer and coordinator Liu Jiawen, and its mascot artist, Ce Yijie. Currently,
they use their inkjet printers from home and manual production methods. The
monthly production of about 150, at 1 RMB per copy, does not pay for cover
designer and contributors. Each edition has three pages of ads, which cost 50
yuan per page.
The name of WTF zine is
derived from a Cantonese "Diu Na Xing," The magazine was
founded by the artist Nathan Zhou in Shanghai in 2012. He uses the
semi-handmade magazine as a means of personal expression against utopianism, and
releases various paintings independently to skip traditional distribution channels
and catalogue form. So far, the WTF zine has released three
annual editions, namely the WTF zine, Bleach and
2015's Nine-Box Baby Bear", each with 50-200 copies at RMB 100-200 per
copy depending on the edition. Weibo: @奶粉zhou,
is an online monthly magazine by the artists Hu Yun, Li Mu, and Lu Pingyuan that
was launched in 2012 as a platform to exchange ideas and share knowledge. It is
free to subscrib and download via e-mail, forums, websites and other channels.
After the release of its 12th issues, PDF paused publishing until now.Contact:email@example.com
is an institute on photo art publishing, devoted to exploring the possibilities
of photo work presentation off the wall. Their practices include blogzine,
publishing project, distributing project, and quarterly magazine, which is underworks.
So far, Jiazazhi publishing project has published 11 photo
books; including OBSESSED (Sun Yanchu), Digital
Building (Liu Yuan), THEY(Zhang Xiao), TRIFLES (Taca Sui), Going Home (Muge), Bright,
Bright Day (Zhu Mo), THE YELLOW RIVER (Zhang Kechun), COASTLINE (ZhangXiao),
Artificial Thearter (Zhang Wei), 10 Days in Kraków (Yuanyuan Yang), and
Timekeepers (Matjaž Tančič). Jiazazhi distributing project has
now distributed more than 20 books. Website: www.jiazazhi.com
in 2007 by publisher Fen Lei, is a young academic community committed to
writing in the alternative context, academic thought and artistic action. It
has established the Pulsasir Award for literature, and is
involved in independent publishing and advocating for pre-subscriptions. The
2012 initiative Pulsasir Mutual Project is intended to bring
the meaning of contemporary art movements to light. In 2013, it launched the PulsasirPoetry Reflection project
to promote poetry as a carrier of intercultural dialogue. The Video New Writing workshop,
launched in 2014, explores the significance of the videowriting in China today.
From 2015 onward, Pulsasir collaborates with Multi-Future and Fuben
Books to create Zero Year of Asia, a project to recognize Asian
possibilities and its events. WeChat: pulsasir
Bananafish Books is
a Shanghai-based online bookstore and design studio by Qing & Wei, founded
in January 2010. It specializes in selling all kinds of independently published
books from around the world. In addition to being a bookstore, Bananafish
Books continues to publish its unique style of handmade and
limited-edition books, having produced more than 10 portfolios for
photographers and artists. Bananafish Books gives independence
with two characteristics: firstly, the design of its books which reflects the two
founders’ distinct personal style; second, Bananafish Books has
no ISBN number yet, thus the books are only read by a small group of readers.
Wang Yiquan was
born in 1987 in Beijing. His artistic practice combines complexity and
diversity and concentrates in performance, object and text – three independent,
yet correlative fields. His works and performances have been exhibited at V Art
Center (2015), chi K11 Art Museum (2015), CAFA Art Museum (2015), Basement 6
Collective (2014), Penghao Theatre (2014), am art space Shanghai (2013), Today
Art Museum (2012), and etc. In addition to being an artist, he also writes
intensively about art; he has served as senior editor of the international art
media BLOUIN ARTINFO in Beijing, and his essays and reviews have been published
in Artforum Chinese edition, Art Times Magazine, Global Times, and Christie's
Magazine, among other publications. He currently
lives in Shanghai and works as a senior editor at Art World Magazine.
ABOUT 1933 READ /
1933 Read / View is
a non-profit and culturally valuable project newly launched by 1933
Contemporary. We are committed to building a well-planned art reading room.
1933 Read / View aims
to collect curated books about contemporary art practices and thinking, and
make the collection open to art practitioners as well as general public; shaping
a knowledge platform for artists, curators, critics, researchers and students.
In addition to the reading experience, 1933 Read / View is planning
to hold a series of events and exhibitions curated by both artists and
1933 Read / View is
a reaction to the deficiency of art books and publishing in China. We are
devoted to building up our collection of art books, catalogues, and historical
archives through generous donations and recommendations of art institutions and
professionals, along with our own acquisitions.
1933 Read / View continues
to enrich its collection and welcomes book donation and enquiries for further collaboration.