Translation and Imagination: Index Art Book Fair

The sixth edition of the international art book fair will bring together more than 65 exhibitors

Translation as an exercise in mobilizing modes of knowledge, which are removed from multiple languages ​​to recover their enunciative power; and as that imaginative action that each community performs to move from one knowledge to another.

This is how the program of the sixth edition of the Index Art Book Fair (IABF) seeks to explore translation, which will take place from January 19 to 22 at the Kurimanzutto gallery, located at Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood, inform its organizers.

Over four days, this international art book fair will bring together more than 65 exhibitors, of which close to half come from Mexico, and the others from Latin American countries, the United States, and Europe. And there will also be various conferences, talks, book presentations and readings; as well as a space and various children’s events.

Founded in 2014, the IABF has established itself, the statement notes, as a platform that supports and promotes the production and distribution of art publications, “with an emphasis on artist books and prints resulting from experimental approaches to editing, writing and the impression”.

The meeting brings together the main independent publishers and covers formats ranging from artist’s or rare books and collectively published magazines, to catalogues, monographs, fanzines, prints, posters, notebooks and photobooks.

After having held its first edition at the Zapopan Art Museum, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in November 2014, the fair has held four other editions: in February 2016 and April 2017 at the Jumex Museum, and in January 2020 and January 2021 at the Kurimanzutto gallery.

And seven satellite editions have been organized in cities such as Mexico City, Madrid, Ohio, Toronto and Chicago.
The public program of Index Art Book Fair, outlined since the creation of the fair, constitutes one of the central axes of the project, it is detailed.

All editions have had a program of events drawn up with the aim of enriching, complementing and, above all, publicizing the thinking
of influential critics and theorists.

In this context, the Argentinian translator and researcher Denise Najmanovich will give the master lecture Translation: Paradoxes, fears and delights.

The 2023 edition seeks to repeat the successful partnership between Index Art Book Fair and Kurimanzutto, which in 2020 brought together 57 publishers from 11 countries, and in 2022 to
60 exhibitors.