Posture Editions is an independent publishing house founded in 2011 by Nikolaas Demoen (artist) and Katrien Daemers (graphic designer). Since 2019, Stien Stessens (graphic designer) is part of the team.
Created to offer opportunities to artists to present their work and to shed light on their oeuvre in a more unusual way, Posture Editions publicises a book series with a recognizable ‘format’ in which many variations are possible.
By making books with artists, public and private institutions, galleries, and other art and cultural initiatives, Poster Editions wants to offer opportunities for innovative experiments within the margins of the book.
An author conversant with contemporary art writes an essay for the publication. The text appears in at least two languages and is an important part of the edition. The interaction between the visual art and the text can vary greatly from one publication to another.
An appropriate venue is chosen for the launch of each new publication, ranging from gallery to arts centre, museum or alternative art space. In choosing that venue, Posture looks for possible synergies and for a connection or similarities with the institution’s programme in a bid to raise the artist’s visibility. Consequently, on a number of occasions a short presentation has been extended into a lengthy exhibition.
Books were launched at: Netwerk/centrum voor hedendaagse kunst Aalst, Art Rotterdam, Be-Part Waregem, ROGER RAVEELMUSEUM Machelen-aan-de-Leie, Mu.ZEE Ostend, Museum M Leuven, S.M.A.K. Ghent, Middelheimmuseum (Braem pavilion ) Antwerp, WIELS, Brussels …
New editions are discussed by an advisory body with representatives from the contemporary art world: Christophe van Gerrewey (professor architectural theory at Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), editor at De Witte Raaf); Wim Waelput (artistic director KIOSK Ghent) and Ilse Joliet (freelance business manager).
The chosen artists always take a highly individual and avant-garde approach to the artists’ practice. Their publication is conceived specially for Posture.
Hannelore Van Dijck sent ‘So grün war mein Tal’ (Posture Ed. N° 3) to participate the Young Belgian Art Prize 2015 and became one of the 10 nominated artists.
Joke Van den Heuvel’s publication and video ‘134340’ (Posture Ed. N° 18) were selected for the exhibition ‘Diagonal Noise’ in Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (UK), 26.05 – 17.07.2016. On this occasion, Posture was invited to take part in the Gallery’s in-conversation/symposium.
‘The Good Shepherd’ (Posture Ed. N° 20) from the in Australia based Belgian artist Sven ‘t Jolle, was based on the exhibition in Voorkamer Lier, 10.10 – 22.11.2015. The book launch at Wiels on 26.05.2016 gave the green light for the solo exhibition of Sven ‘t Jolle in January 2018 at WIELS.
‘Specimen Days’ by Kasper Bosmans and ‘134340’ by Joke Van den Heuvel have been selected by Luc Derycke (B) and Roos van der Lint (NL) for presentation in the section ‘artbooks’ of the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2016, organized by Mondriaan Fund and Flanders Arts Institute (19 – 23 Oct 2016).
Review by rekto:verso