Book Corner at ASIA NOW
La Maison De Z
Le Plac'Art Photo
Independent Publishing in Asia
The complexity of art market and the revolution happened in the publishing world have pushed the “book” itself to a key position as a “product”. Compared to the previous form of photo-book which serve mostly as catalogues, the “artificial scenery” that we built today in a book, with its inner narrative, conception and sensory experience, has begun to take a more and more important place in the contemporary independent publishing. Experimental publishers and artists are even trying to break the existed boundary of this traditional industry, and using publishing or self-publishing as a way to promote and diffuse their work.
This year, in the special project of book corner organized by La Maison De Z invites their friends to celebrate together the 5th anniversary of Asia Now. With presence of Jiazazhi Press/Library (JZZP) and Le Plac'Art Photo, the project is giving focus on how independent publishing goes in Asia today and the different possibilities behind this phenomenon.
La Maison De Z
La Maison de Z is an on-going project focusing on Chinese contemporary photography and independent publications. Using publishing as a way of research which explore the intricate relationship between realities and memories, La Maison de Z was founded by French-Chinese artist Zhen Shi in 2015 and start to publish their own editions in 2018, the project allows a growing audience discover the most recent works of emerging Chinese artists.
Jiazazhi Press/Library is a photobook platform based in China, devoting to exploring the possibilities of photo work presentation on paper. Our practices include magazine, publishing project, magazine, book shop, library, pseudo museum, book fair/exhibition. We started at Beijing since 2009, and moved to Ningbo in 2014.
Au fil des années, Le Plac'Art Photo a gagné ses lettres de noblesse, au point de déménager dans un espace bien plus vaste en avril 2015. Savamment pensé, le mobilier permet d'exposer des livres ou des tirages, les murs coulissent et dévoilent les étagères avec les livres. S'ils présentent des livres contemporains, les anciens et la photographie japonaise sont la spécialité de Clément et Nobue Kauter qui n'hésite pas à aller chercher les raretés directement au Japon, au moins une fois par an.