Conversation — Alexis Zavialoff on Distribution & Attitudes

Photo by Alexis Zavialoff.

Tonight, Decem­ber 9th, Alex­is Zavia­loff will dis­cuss the activ­it­ies of Motto, a small chain of book­shops which spe­cial­ises in dis­trib­ut­ing magazines, art books and self-pub­lished prin­ted mat­ter at the Archi­tec­tur­al Asso­ci­ationThe recently renewed interest in small-scale pub­lish­ing has focused atten­tion on the rene­go­ti­ation of tra­di­tion­al roles in con­tem­por­ary art and archi­tec­ture pub­lish­ing. As pub­lish­er, dis­trib­ut­or and retail­er, Zavia­loff is well posi­tioned to influ­ence these shifts, and to sug­gest what devel­op­ments lie ahead.

Alex­is Zavia­loff (1974, France) is a self-taught pho­to­graph­er, prac­tising in vari­ous con­texts for the past fif­teen years. He has been involved in pub­lish­ing almost from the day that he picked up his first cam­era. In 2007, he launched Motto, a dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany for magazines, books and oth­er types of inde­pend­ent pub­lic­a­tions, even­tu­ally expand­ing to a book­shop in Ber­lin in early 2009. Three new branches opened in Zurich, Geneva and Van­couver in 2010, all with­in exhib­i­tion spaces. Motto dis­trib­utes 100 pub­lish­ers to some 100 spe­cial­ised stores world­wide and, with Chert Gal­lery, has recently organ­ised two edi­tions of the Unter Dem Motto book fair.

Archi­tec­tur­al Asso­ci­ation
36 Bed­ford Square
Lon­don WC1B 3ES

Decem­ber 9th, 2010 at 6 pm

Photo by Alexis Zavialoff.


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