Katrien, Nikolaas and Stien will have a conversation with Christophe van Gerrewey (Dutch spoken)
One way or another
One way or another is the title of the very first Posture Pockets and the guide to the exhibition of the same name that runs at the S.M.A.K. in Ghent from 30.10 to 28.11.2021. Posture Editions was founded in 2011 and has since published 47 artist’s books in A4 format.
In this first issue of this parallel series in novel format, all the Posture artists’ books from the past ten years are presented chronologically and juxtaposed with that artist’s work exhibited at the S.M.A.K.
In addition to the cover and an inside page, the paperback also contains a text fragment from the published essay, poem or interview.
The text fragments testify to the wealth of thoughts put forward by the authors. They are texts that not only deal with the artists’ oeuvres, but can often be read as autonomous works of art.
One way or another ends with a biography in images: photographs taken during work sessions with artists, book presentations, exhibitions and book fairs, as an ode to the beautiful collaborations with artists, gallerists, curators, writers and readers.
Both the book and the exhibition in the S.M.A.K. follow the logic of a timeline, so that the book can be read in the order of the exhibition and the exhibition is built up according to the logic of the book.
publication: 19.5 × 13 cm, 224 pages
ISBN 978 94 9126 248 7 — € 18
Sat 30.10 – Sun 28.11
S.M.A.K. – Zaal 1
One way or another
10 years of Posture Editions
One way or another is an exhibition with work by the 42 artists with whom Posture Editions have made a book in the past 10 years. This independent publisher of artists’ books, founded in 2011, has now published 47 books in A4 format. The publication series has been able to grow thanks to the enthusiasm of many artists, writers, museums, curators and readers.
Nikolaas Demoen, Katrien Daemers and Stien Stessens are guided in their choice of artists by their personal intuition and always invite a writer to write a text in relation to the visual work.
Young gods, adult icons, mavericks and forgotten artists alternate in an unpredictable way and without any objective coherence.
The Posture Editions do not walk a straight path, but make circular movements, detours, go down a blind alley, come across the field and thus form a surprisingly diverse map of contemporary art in Belgium.
Both the exhibition in the S.M.A.K. and the book follow the logic of a timeline, so that the book can be read in the order of the exhibition and the exhibition is constructed according to the logic of the book.
Posture publishes a book on the occasion of the anniversary and the exhibition. The book is presented on 6 November during the festival 9000boeken.
M HKA, Antwerp
Book release: Images Trouvées
Hans Segers examines the formal properties of a painting. He emphasises how a painting is only a representation and presents it as an imitation of reality, ‘trompe l’oeil’, painted object and elevated art object, whether or not aesthetic and/or decorative.
References to painting and sculpture are never far away. Segers studies his predecessors in order to focus his observations. He chooses a number of abstracted, recurring forms that evoke the thought of a cloud, tree trunk and house. They function as his image library from which he draws to refer to reality. He presents the depicted objects as two-dimensional forms on a canvas.
de Warande Turnhout
Talk between art historian Leen Huet and the artist
In her work, the Dutch artist Femmy Otten (b. 1981, Amsterdam) explores a very hybrid world of inspiration, ranging from sculptures from Greek antiquity and Italian painters of the quattrocento to outsider art from America and extremely contemporary art. She brings all these influences together in a precise yet unfathomable iconography that radiates timelessness. The use of different media is dictated by necessity and because the development of the work demands it.
In the book ‘Rainbow Woman’, Otten combines her early works with recent ones. In contrast to the many ambiguous figures in her earlier work, in ‘Rainbow Woman’ the woman now comes to the fore. The woman who “just is” remains an underexposed and precarious theme to this day.
The book coincides with the exhibition at de Warande, Turnhout (20.06-07.11.2021)
69 rue Général Leman,
Bernice Bobs Her Hair Natasja Mabesoone
Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a series by Natasja Mabesoone (b. 1988), consists of layered soft ground etchings, combined with drawings and monotypes. The title is a nod towards a short Fitzgerald story about Bernice, who changes her approach to boys while visiting her niece Marjorie. The act of having her hair cut transforms her character into a real flapper, a liberated woman, and brings her to a new perception of femininity and womanhood. By permutation of the morphemes of the title, the content is deconstructed, creating a fragmented outcome and different associations with words like Bob, bobine, boobs, Bobbie, Coma Berenice, nice, niece, knees, etc. They bring out new combinations and challenge the layered medium of etching, researching its reproduction and repetition, so that the iterations become alterations or modifications of the same.
The Hisk Affair
Rue Gabrielle Petitstraat 4-6
building A, first floor
Even if you Juan Pablo Plazas
The book presentation will take place in the form of a performance, a recount of different moments that surrounded the making of the book. Late reflections on the process of creating a document that feels like a printed exhibition. A skit divided in 4 mini chapters. The setting takes place in a fictional art book fair where the artist meets the publisher, and explains the absurd ways to make a book among other things.
‘This is the second time I will do this performance. After the first time, my friend Justine passed by with her family and gave me a beautiful present: one of those signs that mark the rounds of a boxing match. I saw this sign as an echo of the roundness of the performance and as a sign of what it meant to do it again. Some moves will be repeated, other new ones are prepared. See you at the circular stage of The Hisk Affair.’
Even if you
Juan Pablo Plazas
‘Even if You’ is a book in which all the lines set out by the artist in recent years come together as if they were a crossroads: language, movement, image, sound, humour and melancholy are the instruments with which the Colombian-Belgian artist is working.
The book presentation will take place in the form of a performance, a recount of different moments in the making of the book. The presentation can be seen as reflections on the process of creating a document that feels like a printed exhibition.
The artist brings a skit divided in 4 mini chapters. The setting is a fictional art book fair where the artist meets the publisher, and where he explains in an absurd way how to make a book. A kind of conversation where the performer will mostly talk and do certain actions. The other participants are: a table, a couple of chairs and books.
Book release and presentation
Dok Noord 5L, Ghent
11:00 – 18:00
Book release: A Bird Flies off
Hannelore Van Dijck
‘Een vogel vliegt op’ is a book about Hannelore Van Dijck’s recent ink drawings and artist books. This publication crystallizes her search for a fluid way of working, a search for movement, rhythm and leaks. The launch coincides with a presentation of a video and the original drawings made during her residency at FLACC (Genk).
At 15h there will be a conversation between Nikolaas Demoen and Hannelore Van Dijck. This conversation will also be streamed live on facebook and instagram.
Book and presentation in collaboration with FLACC, workplace for visual artists and supported by the Flemish Government.
Book signing: Cyanide
21 vanitas still lives are exhibited in Cyanide, Sanam Khatibi’s third solo exhibition at rodolphe janssen. In these minutely rendered miniature paintings, typical trappings of the Golden Age vanitas appear and reappear: a vase with cut flowers, insects, a collection of shells, an ornately carved human skull. Like that of the Baroque painter, these are bibelots from Khatibi’s studio, fragments in a lifelong ontological pursuit of collection…
Watch the video celebrating the book launch
Online book launch:
The originally planned book launch at Kunsthal Gent has been cancelled. Watch the video celebrating the book launch.
For the people who pre-ordered a book via Voordekunst, we’re arranging a pick-up point at the Posture Editions office: Saturday 28 Nov (14-16u) and Sunday 29 Nov (11-13u).
The book will also be available without prior reservation and the artist will be present to sign your copy.
Book release and presentation:
Studio Les ballets C de la B
Bijlokekaai 1, Ghent
Book launch: Wat. is. dit?
Jan De Vylder
The book WAT. IS. DIT. and Jan de Vylder’s sketchbooks will be placed in a spatial installation in the studio of Les Ballets C de la B, a building by jan de vylder trice hofkens architecten in collaboration with Bert van Boxelaere.
Presentation and sign session: 14-18:00
Access is free of charge, registration is required
Posture on view at cc Strombeek
During 2020, museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent provides a showcase to Posture Editions.
The second edition on view, is ‘Horaizon’ by the artist Meggy Rustamova.
Gallery Sofie Van de Velde
new space: Vlaamse Kaai 74-75, Antwerp
Book launch: A dream of thirst
Due to travel restrictions the live talk between Dominic van den Boogerd and Bendt Eyckermans has been cancelled. Welcome in Sofie Van de Velde’s new gallery space for the presentation of the book and the luxury limited edition box in presence of the artist.
Thursday 24 Sep: 15:00 – 19:00
Book release at Vrienden v/h S.M.A.K.
Jan Hoetplein 1, Ghent
Book launch: Horaizon
The title of the book and the exhibition, HORAIZON, refers to the phonetic pronunciation of the English word ‘horizon’, the boundary line on which the earth’s surface and the sky seem to touch. The horizon, interpreted as ‘boundary’ or ‘line’, is equally perceptible in language, when reading between the lines, or when travelling between international borders. The contours of the land, trees or buildings, which contrast with the sky, but also the contours of shadows can be observed in many of the images in the exhibition. The works also suggest a longing for what lies behind the horizon and invite the viewer to make an imaginary journey.
Opening exhibition: 14 – 18:00
Book launches at 15:00 a,d 17:00 (Intervies with Meggy Rustamova by Ann Cesteleyn)
Lange Steenstraat 14
film screening till 22.03.2020
Book launch: Labyrinth Nikolaas Demoen
Labyrinth takes us on a walk through the spaces constructed within the pages of the book and visualises a world in which the exit can’t be found.
With the morphology of the house (windows, doors, steps and curtains) and the theatre (curtains, stage, perspective), a world is evoked in which nothing can serve as a point of reference.
The book launch coincides with Demoen’s film screening of Papers, Books and Bolero which is a dialogue between French philosophers, fictionalized in cardboard, and found images in books and miscellaneous documents; it suggests in fact a possible relation between the different images.
The film features on the one hand works belonging to the history of art (Tiepolo, Palladio,…) and on the other hand images from glossy magazines (Purple Fashion, Vogue). Both very different sources are linked through sculptural artefacts made from cardboard and clay.
On the rhythm of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, one by one the papers and books appear, gradually intoxicating the audience’s senses.
20:00 talk with Nikolaas Demoen and Koen Brams
20:30 screening Papers, Books and Bolero
Posture on view at Cc Strombeek
During 2020, museumcultuur Strombeek/Gent provides a showcase to Posture Editions.
The first edition on view, is ‘Morning Change’ by the artist Heide Hinrichs.
Former public library,
Graaf Van Vlaanderenplein
entrance parkside, 1st floor
Fri 6 Dec: 19:00
exhibition & temporary bookshop:
Sat 7 Dec: 14 – 18:00
Sun 8 Dec: 14 – 18:00
Book launch: Morning Change
On the occasion of the book Morning Change, Posture Editions invites Heide to conceive an installation in their temporary office, on the first floor of the former public library in Ghent.
Besides this exhibition and the book, Posture takes the opportunity to present all available editions on a book-sculpture, made by Koba De Meutter.
On Friday 6 Dec at 8 pm, Philippe Van Cauteren introduces Heide Hinrichs’s work.
‘It sounds like a moan. To speak to birds, to speak to animals, her whole body a tongue. Not in the flourishes of posture or gesticulating hands, no. Reducing meaning to one, reducing communication to a pure tone, a sine wave, so there is no confusion. A pure note, but a deep one, her whole body a tongue.’
From ‘Morning Change’, essay by Elizabeth Haines
Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam
Fri 22 Nov: 12:00-20:00
Sat 23 Nov: 12:00-20:00
Sun 24 Nov: 12:00-20:00
Sun 24 Nov – 14:00
Printing Plant Art Book Fair, Amsterdam
In conjunction with Amsterdam Art Weekend, 22 – 24 November 2019, Looiersgracht 60 is delighted to be organising the second edition of Printing Plant – an intimate three-day art book fair for like-minded, independent publishers and interested audiences.
With over 80 (inter)national publishers, Printing Plant will present a remarkable selection of artist editions, catalogues, books, monographs, periodicals and zines that are generally unavailable in bookshops.
The unique housing, and history, of Looiersgracht 60 will be utilised to correspond to the etiquette of the fair. Prior to its current use as an exhibition centre for art, design and architecture, Looiersgracht 60 was home to a cardboard and paper factory that also printed pamphlets, posters and cards for artists and museums.
Posture Editions is participating and will pre-launch ‘Morning Change’, a book on movement, location and nomadism in the oeuvre of the Brussels based German artist Heide Hinrichs.
Publisher Nikolaas Demoen and artist Heide Hinrichs will re-draw the lines between the three groups of works: the horse, Silent Sisters / Stille Schwestern together with a series of drawings and installations that were conceived in response to DICTEE and On Some of the Birds of Nepal (Parting the Animal Kingdom of the East).
Demoen and Hinrichs invite you to listen to the subtle threads woven against louder tones to create temporary constellations.
Sat 9 Nov: 14:00 – 18:00
Till 8 Dec
Book launch: Noctuary
‘Noctuary’ is an EXHIBITION at Netwerk Aalst that examines the spacial possibilities of the photographic work in the book.
The book and the exhibition are a reflection on the idea of the impossibility to capture life in photography. According to Roland Barthes, taking a photograph doesn’t involve recording a moment in time (i.e. preserving this moment for eternity, as numerous publicity slogans promise us), but precisely bidding farewell.
On the occasion of the book launch and the exhibition, there will be a talk at 4 pm, between the artist, Posture Editions and Netwerk Aalst.
The WIELS Art Book Fair is back!
Over the weekend of 7 & 8 September, WIELS welcomes independent art publishers to present their work. Free and open to the public, this annual event allows book lovers, collectors, artists and art professionals to discover a wide variety of printed productions, from zines and artist books to art catalogues and artist editions.
A side programme of talks, book signings, readings and performances makes this weekend a unique moment devoted to publishing and art-book culture.
Book release at the opening of the exhibition
Gowie, Kleine Markt 7-9, Antwerp
Lutgart De Meyer
a river in a room
The exhibition ‘Daily Pleasures’ presents the work of Lutgart De Meyer (b. 1924). As one of the founding members of the Antwerp avant-garde movement G58, she dedicated herself to ceramics and soon got recognized as one of the key figures establishing the artistic autonomy of this medium. Besides the sculptures and design objects she created in her first period, the exhibition also shows her recent work. Aged 94, Lutgart De Meyer works nowadays mostly with textiles and objects found on her walks through the city.
‘a river in a room’ is a book published by Posture Editions and curated by Liesbet Waegemans.
Both the book and the exhibition give an insight into the artist’s playful vision on art and the art world.
Lange Steenstraat 14, 9000 Ghent
019and APE-art & books are proud to present the 5th edition of the GHENT ART BOOK FAIR on the 11th and 12th of May at (and in collaboration with) Kunsthal Gent. Showcasing contemporary art books by more than 60 (inter)national independent publishers, GABF 19 brings a new extensive program besides book launches and signings. An interesting side program will include international publishers’ and designers’ lectures, artists’ performances, workshops and exhibitions. All presented in the brand new Kunsthal Gent located in the city center of Ghent. On the same weekend, at the same location there’s also Zine Happening V by Les VoiZines taking place.
Sat: 12:00 — 20:00
Sun: 11:00 — 18:00
Book launch event Thursday 28.03.2019 — 20:30
Talk with Philippe Van Cauteren, Koen Brams, Nikolaas Demoen & Philippe Van Snick
Philippe Van Snick
Posture Editions celebrates its 30th publication with a special artist’s multiple by Philippe Van Snick. ‘Huis’ [House] has been created specifically for Posture Editions and consists of 10 silkscreened compositions that together constitute an architectural game.
The 10 + 1 colours appear in various shapes and places on the five folded sheets of paper. The printed sheets of art paper constitute a loose-leaf collection and each of the sheets is a work of art in itself.
Book presentation with talk between Philippe Van Cauteren, Koen Brams, Nikolaas Demoen & Philippe Van Snick (Dutch spoken)
at rodolphe janssen
My garden is wilder than yours
Sanam Khatibi (b. 1979) is a Brussels based artist, born in Tehran, Iran. Her works deal with animality and the core of her practice interrogates our relationship to power structures, specifically the duality of triumph and failure. The recurrent themes that often feature in her work question our relationship with excess, loss of control, bestiality, the male-female dynamics, domination and submission. She is also interested in the thin line that exists between fear and desire, and how closely they are interrelated.
Her subjects live on their impulses in alluring, exotic landscapes. They are ambiguous with their relationship to power, violence, sensuality and each other. Wildlife and animals are an integral part of her practice, and her subjects are often depicted within the same plane as the flora and fauna.
In conjunction with Amsterdam Art Weekend, 23-25 November 2018, Looiersgracht 60 is organising a bespoke and intimate 3-day art-book fair for like-minded, independent publishers. Artistic print culture has a rich narrative in Amsterdam’s history, one that is often overlooked. As there is currently no book fair focusing on art books in Amsterdam, we would like to take this opportunity to offer a new platform for the progressive publications that artists and publishing houses are producing.
Fri.: 12:00 > 21:00 / Sat. + Sun.: 12:00 > 20:00
Book release at the Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-Zulte
Sex met verf
Posture Editions and Laura van (b. 1957) worked on a publication with still lifes by van. The works, for which the artist uses only oils, are without photographic point of departure: they are the result of an inflection of what the artist observes on the table in his living and working space. They are therefore anecdotal-autobiographical in nature — a nature that is emphatically determined by the motorial and psychological intentions of the moment.
Exhibition at the Roger Raveelmuseum till 24.02.2019
Launched at LLS Paleis, Antwerp
Koba De Meutter
So that afternoon …
So That Afternoon We Both Made an Empty Circle is a book with visual work that is the result of two recent artist’s residences in Mexico. Koba De Meutter (b. 1992) combines sculpturally adaptable modules (consisting of metal rods and ‘holders’) with found material in deliberate actions or chance events, often in public spaces.
In the book, photographs of her interventions in Mexico City are combined with a series of drawings she made during her second residence in art centre Casa Wabi. The drawings feature imaginary characters from her memories of her stay in Mexico City—yet they are no less realistic or near.
Sound act with 4 recorders, Koba De Meutter, Stella Lohaus, Gerard Herman and Nikolaas Demoen.
The book is realised in the context of Residencias Artistias por Intercambio R.A.T., Casa Wabi, and AIR Antwerp.
Launched at deSingel Antwerp, Muziekstudio
Not To Be Fed …
A project based on ‘Curating the Library’ (by Moritz Küng & Richard Venlet – deSingel 2003-09).
A book with 75 drawings by LUCA students, inspired by Laurence Sterne’s ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman’.
Event with a lecture by Peter de Voogd, introduced by Moritz Küng.
The book is realised in cooperation with LUCA School of Arts campus Sint-Lucas Ghent and Faculty of Architecture KU Leuven.
Launched at P/////AKT, Amsterdam on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition The Form of Decay
The Attraction of the Mountains
Nicolás Lamas’ work derives from an interest in constructing material interactions, frictions, attractions and repulsions, dichotomies between the similar and the incompatible, between vacuum and matter. Most of his projects focus on examining notions of stability and order by distorting the logics of perception through objects and materials that somehow don’t belong together, constantly arranging a notion of knowledge that escapes systemic procedures.
The Attraction of the Mountains is a book about conservation, dislocation, presentation and an attempt to explain why nothing in the world lasts for ever, though — sometimes fades away in beauty.
Opening event: talk with Alejandro Alonso Díaz, Nicolás Lamas and Bori Borbala Soos, introduced by Nikolaas Demoen.