11 December 2020                                                                                           View this email in your browser                               

Dear Readers,

We’re sending out this quick End of the Longest Year Ever Newsletter for supporting our independent art press in 2020!

We also want to extend a huge thank you to our two incredible interns, Ginny Davies and Megan Ricca, who have been working with us in the studio since September. They’ve been up to all kinds of careful editing and brilliant design, but we are especially excited to announce that they developed and designed our table for the New York Art Book Fair, hosted virtually—for the first time ever in its history—by Printed Matter from 24–28 February 2021. With support from the Erasmus Programme, Megan and Ginny were able to work with us this semester, joining us from London where they are in the BA Graphic Design at Kingston School of Art; next year, they’ll still be in Berlin working on new projects, both with us and other studios, but make sure you mark your calendar for our NY Art Book Fair program and visual concept!

More exciting details below; stay tuned for further great stuff coming in January! Stay safe, healthy, and kind regards from the atelier,

Anna-Sophie & the K. team


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Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book
Edited by Anette Baldauf, Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew, Sílvia das Fadas, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, İpek Hamzaoğlu, Janine Jembere, and Rojda Tuğrul

In cities as diverse as Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Mexico City, and Berlin, the concept of dispossession currently provides a key point of reference for activists, academics, and artists to engage with a wide scope of violent appropriations including colonial theft, corporate land grabbing, state facilitated resettlement, urban gentrification, etc. The Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book starts off from the contested realities and public struggles of the dispossessed. It offers subtle reflections, informal and ephemeral tactics of encroachment, and epistemic interventions. The project finds inspiration in epistemologies of the South, decolonizing methodologies and Black aesthetics, postulating that an art-based research that aims to unify knowing, doing, and feeling can grasp the complexity of dispossession, charging it up with resilience and resistance.
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Despite Dispossession: An Activity Book. With contributions by Anette Baldauf, Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew, Sílvia das Fadas, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Ruben Gaztambide-Fernandez, Elizabeth Giorgis, İpek Hamzaoğlu, Janine Jembere, and Rojda Tuğrul. Design by K. in collaboration with Wolfgang Hückel & Katharina Tauer.

English; 258 pages ; 19.5 × 26cm ; full color with many images and playing cards; cardboard cover with flaps, spine & spiral binding; ISBN 978-3-947858-16-3; € 26. Additional editions in Amharic, Portuguese, Turkish, and Spanish will be available in March 2021

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Des–Habitat by Paulo Tavares

Des-Habitat was originally produced in the context of the exhibition Bauhaus imaginista, the last curatorial project of the beloved artist and curator Marion von Osten, who sadly left us this past month. Marion von Osten was generous enough to preface the book with a short but powerful text, “The Habitat Complex.” It is our great honor to be able to make this text available to the public again, celebrating the generosity and brilliance of Marion.

With this publication, Paulo Tavares intervenes in Habitat—the arts and design magazine edited by Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi in the 1950s. He investigates how the aesthetic language of Habitat disseminated images of popular and Indigenous crafts and artifacts. By focusing on the context from which these materials were originally taken Tavares shows how, by virtue of its modern visual language, Habitat functioned as a framing device to conceal its own coloniality—a suspenseful media history in light of suppression, complicity, and decolonization.
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Des-Habitat. With a preface by Marion von Osten and essay, translation, and design by Paulo Tavares. English/Portuguese; 97 pages; 33 × 23.5 cm; full color; softcover, thread-bound; ISBN 978-3-947858-20-0; € 26

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Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair

We are pleased to announce that K. will be part of the 2020 New York Printed Matter Art Book Fair; usually held each fall at MoMA PS1, the fair features hundreds of international publishers, hosting talks, workshops, book launches, and performances. This year due to the pandemic, the book fair has been postponed until February 24–28, and will instead occur online, with each publisher, K. included, curating their own virtual table. We are currently planning an exciting live program of readings, discussions, screenings, podcasts, and more with details and schedules to be announced next month. Please save the date and hope to see you, if not sooner, on the occasion of PMVABF!
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Meanwhile, K. author Paulo Tavares is giving a keynote lecture next Friday, 19 December for the Nieuwe Institute online symposium The Coming South: Struggles, Epistemologies, Solidarity, where he’ll be speaking alongside other forthcoming K. authors Françoise Vergès, Jonas Staal, and others.
ONLY TONIGHT!!  For an ecstatic taste of Despite Dispossession: Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s (chapter) project Resiliencia Tlacuache/Opossum Resilience is currently part of the online screening
New Nature, curated by Samara Chadwick & Sonia Epstein.

<< Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Opossum Resilience, 2019

S A L E   &   D I S T R I B U T I O N
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