DABF22 Opening Talk: A Caring Matter
- 24 November 2022
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents Dublin Art Book Fair 2022: A Caring Matter (DABF22), the twelfth edition of Ireland’s only art book fair, sponsored by Henry J Lyons. Taking place from 24 November to 4 December 2022, the gallery is transformed into an art book fair where you can enjoy an impressive range of artist books, curated book titles, independent publishers, talks and events in a unique atmosphere.
Dublin Art Book Fair is a centre for artist books, and champions creative, independent publishers, both Irish and international. It presents a curated selection of books on art, design, visual culture, philosophy, architecture, select fiction and poetry. The Artist Book Section at DABF features highly developed and beautiful books made by contemporary artists, designers and writers. With over 100 successful submissions at this year’s fair, it demonstrates the possibilities of the book as a form for art that continues to surprise.
Rosie Lynch, Creative Director of Workhouse Union in Kilkenny, is DABF22 Guest Curator. Her theme, A Caring Matter, is explored through the books themselves and an eleven-day programme of talks, events and workshops. At the crux is the idea of care, considered in poetic and imminent ways through the role of formal and informal publishing, and how we build communities of solidarity and belonging to how we care for our buildings and towns. Lynch’s programme puts care at the centre of how we think about society, our environment, how we work, live and make art.
Highlights include a screening of the curatorial research project FALLOUT / falling out / a cinema of work injury, by artists Sarah Browne and Jenny Richards, whichtests how modes of viewing artist cinema, and methods of feminist group work, could be used to explore new understandings of bodies, class and labour. From the heart of Dumfries High Street in Scotland, The Stove Network presents an Online Talk: High Street Multiverse, exploring several of their diverse publishing projects. With text and writing central to their activities, The Stove Network’s community-led approach uses creativity as a means of engaging local people to actively care for their town centre. Architect and urban designer Emma Geoghegan, architect and historian Carole Pollard, and urban studies researcher Juliet Davis, come together to look at the theme of care in relation to buildings and the city. They ask, how do we care for our buildings, and how can cities care for people? Simon Cutts sets his talk around A Table in Ballybeg showing publications from the repertoire of Coracle Press; a small publishing press, based between the hills of South Tipperary, where he, with writer and artist Erica Van Horn, have been making books since 1996. A book launch and conversation celebrates The Story of Castalia, a new graphic book by visual artist Brianna Hurley, which focuses on themes of lush landscapes, bodily transformations, daring adventures and battles. Artist, environmentalist, and healthcare design consultant Kaethe Burt-O’Dea joins Hurley to discuss the book and how we understand and navigate in times of great uncertainty and ecological and social turmoil.
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presents new textile work, Care Quilt and Moral Boundaries I, by visual artist Marielle MacLeman, commissioned for DABF22. Using plant dyes and tumble drier lint, MacLeman’s work draws attention to the invisible labour of care and its role within systems in built and natural environments. The work pieces together a range of perspectives and experiences stemming from the extended dialogue of To Care, a collaborative programme by Workhouse Union and VISUAL.
The thematic approach to DABF weaves together a highly original event where books, discourse and creativity make for a uniquely special mix. Over the eleven days of DABF, you can spend time in the gallery browsing inspiring publications, purchase a limited-edition artist book, or any number of fascinating and brilliant curated titles on offer; attend curated talks and artist book launches, and participate in workshops led by TBG+S studio artists. Go on a curated walking tour to meet booksellers in bookshops in Temple Bar and explore the print and lettering history of the area, in a walk led by Mary Ann Bolger. Visit two studios where artists, Niamh O’Malley and Atoosa Pour Hosseini, will shape the visit to introduce their recent publications.
DABF is celebrated for how it embraces art practice publishing, artist-run culture, and participatory events at the intersection of art, design and contemporary culture. It is celebrated for its vitality and the inclusive and engaging atmosphere at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios that appeals to many diverse audiences, artists and book lovers.