The SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival celebrating artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera and artists’ multiples. Presented this year at San Francisco’s Minnesota Street Project July 20–22, the 2018 iteration features an astonishing curated cast of over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts as well as a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings. The SF Art Book Fair is FREE and open to the public.
For 2018, San Francisco Cinematheque joins forces with Canyon Cinema at SFABF to present an array of collectible publications (for perusal and purchase), including issues of Cinematograph, Cinematheque’s occasional journal, vintage and recent issues of the Canyon Cinema News, rare artist publications, ‘zines, program note compendia, limited edition monographs and more.
In addition, (and at no extra charge!), Cinematheque and Canyon present screenings of 16mm film and media works all weekend-long. Full details on the weekend’s screenings here.
Friday, July 22
6:30pm: Fluid Frontiers (2017) by Ephraim Asili; digital video, color, sound, 23 minutes, exhibition file from the maker
Fluid Frontiers is the fifth and final film in Ephraim Asili’s Diaspora Suite, a series of films exploring the artist’s personal relationship to the African Diaspora. Shot along the Detroit River and featuring readings from Detroit’s renowned Broadside Press and artworks by Detroit Artists, Fluid Frontiers explores the relationship between resistance and liberation. All the film’s poems are read from original Broadside Press editions by natives of the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario region. (Ephraim Asili)
7pm: Out of Print (guest curated by Linda Scobie): works by Lewis Klahr, John Smith, Barbara Hammer, Greta Snider, Jay Rosenblatt, James Broughton, James Sansing
8pm: I Am Not Here (CROSSROADS capsule 1)
sair goetz in person
One of several programs presented during SFABF as an echo of Cinematheque’s CROSSROADS festival 2018, the films in I Am Not Here include works of self- and other-portraiture, fragmented bodies, abstracted spaces, ritual exorcisms of trauma and enactment of feminist art actions.
SCREENING: me and my army (2017) by sair goetz; Water/Mist/Fire/Off (2017) by Youngzoo Im; Model of a Hand (2018) by Rosa John; I AM NOT HERE FOR YOU (2017) by Nico LaShae.
9pm: Visions of the Void (CROSSROADS capsule 2)
In this second SFABF CROSSROADS echo, the paranoid visions of Philip K. Dick (as voiced in Alexander Stewart’s Void Vision) blur with the dystopic oppressions of the contemporary techno-surveillance state. Technophobia meets technophilia as crowds gather, blood is spilled, flowers bloom and electrons flow.
SCREENING: The Falling Sky (2017) by Peggy Ahwesh; Wasteland No. 1: Ardent, Verdant (2017) by Jodie Mack; The Forcing (No. 2) (2015) by Lydia Moyer; you can’t plan a perfect day sometimes it just happens (2017) by Alison Nguyen; Season of Doubt (2015) by Seth Pimlott; Void Vision (2018) by Alexander Stewart.
Pictured above: Fluid Frontiers (2017) by Ephraim Asili