Lumbung of publishers: Sharing practices, strategies, tools and publications
documenta fifteen //8–10 July 2022
ruruHaus, Kassel, Germany
Stripburger is part of the lumbung of Publishers at documenta fifteen – a new network of independent publishers, publishing collectives, authors and artists from all over the world.
The lumbung of Publishers emerges within the framework of the international contemporary art fair documenta fifteen, held in Kassel (Germany) every five years. This effort brings together over 20 independent artists and projects whose editorial practices and philosophies resonate with the principle of collective work, in tune with the community-driven proposal that characterizes this year’s edition of documenta, under the artistic direction of the ruangrupa curatorial collective (Indonesia).
Lumbung is an Indonesian term that literally translates to “communal rice barn.” This literalness charges the concept with multiple meanings. It works as an artistic and economic model that proposes collectivity, the sharing of knowledge, and the equitable distribution of goods and resources, presenting the artists as harvesters of a common benefit.
Since March 2022, the editors, organizers, and harvesters have gathered together through a series of virtual assemblies to create an international network, sharing practices, strategies, and tools. Also, they have been collaborating in the creation of a program of workshops, presentations, site-specific activations, readings, and exhibitions open to the public at documenta fifteen. The official launch of this network will take place from July 8th – 10th, 2022, at the ruruHaus building in Kassel. There, the following publishers and artists will meet: La Impresora (Puerto Rico), Bananafish Books (Shanghai), Reading Room (China), consonni (Basque Country), Cooperativa Cráter Invertido (Mexico), Erick Beltrán (Spain), HAMBRE (Chile), Jalada (Kenya), Kayfa ta (Egypt/Jordan), kuš! (Latvia), Kutikuti (Finland), Marjin Kiri (Indonesia), microutopías (Uruguay), Nieves (Switzerland), Relámpago (Colombia), Rotopol Press (Germany), Strapazin (Switzerland), Stripburger (Slovenia), David Kaiza (Uganda), N’fana Diakite (Republic of Mali), and Abdul Halik Azeez (Sri Lanka).
Stripburger will be represented by it’s editor Tanja Skale and by the artist Andrej Štular.
The initiative promotes dialogue between writers, publishers, and book artists from different parts of the world. It aims to create an international network of independent publishing projects that collaborate even after the 100 days of the documenta 15 in Kassel are over.
Illustration by Janosch Feiertag.
Supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
Presentation of Stripburger magazine is part of the international cooperation programme co-funded by the Slovenian Book Agency.