Fair — Why Do you publish? in Beirut

From Feb­ru­ary 2nd to 5th, 2012 the Beirut Inde­pendet Art Book Fair “Why Do you pub­lish?” takes place at 98Weeks Pro­ject Space in Beirut…

WDYP is an art book fair that focuses on arts and cul­ture pub­lish­ing in the Middle East and bey­ond. Over a peri­od of 4 days, pub­lish­ing houses, artists and writers will meet in Beirut to present their cur­rent pro­duc­tion and to probe ideas and ways of work­ing with prin­ted mat­ter through a series of pan­els and events.  

In line with 98weeks’s approach to artist­ic research, ‘Why do you pub­lish’ is more than a com­mer­cial book fair. It looks at his­tor­ic­al and con­tem­por­ary examples of prin­ted mat­ter as vehicles for polit­ic­al, social and artist­ic exper­i­ment­a­tion. Invited par­ti­cipants include pub­lish­ing houses (Al Fur­at; Amers Edi­tions; Ugly Duck­ling Presse), artists’ col­lect­ives work­ing with pub­lish­ing (Samadal; Prin­t­Room; Lem­on­Mel­on), and his­tor­ic­al and con­tem­por­ary col­lec­tions of artists and poetry books (98weeks; Abboudi Abou Jawdeh, Omar Ber­rada). These dif­fer­ent  forms of engage­ments with the book – pro­fes­sion­al pub­lish­ing, artist­ic work, archives and  col­lect­ing will guide the fair’s present­a­tions and dis­cus­sions.”


98Weeks Pro­ject Space
Nah­er street, (Jisr el hadid),Chalhoub build­ing, n 22 in Beirut
Ground floor, Facing Spoil­er Cen­ter, dead end street at the corner
of Anthur­i­um flower, Left side, corner bldg.

Feb­ru­ary 2nd to 5th 2012