Publishing as Practice
Hardworking Goodlooking, Martine Syms/Dominica, Bidoun
Published by Inventory Press/Ulises.
Edited by Kayla Romberger, Gee Wesley, Nerissa Cooney, Lauren Downing, Ricky Yanas. Preface by David Senior. Text by Clara Balaguer, Hardworking Goodlooking, Martine Syms/Dominica, Bidoun, Lauren Downing, Kayla Romberger, Gee Wesley, Ulises Carriôn.
On the work of three contemporary artist’s-book publishers who have developed fresh ways of broaching politics in publishing
This book documents Publishing as Practice, a residency at Ulises—a curatorial platform based in Philadelphia—that explores publishing as an incubator for new forms of editorial, curatorial and artistic practice.
Over the course of two years, three publishers activated Ulises as an exhibition space and public programming hub, engaging the public through workshops, discussions and projects. Residents included Hardworking Goodlooking, the publishing arm of Philippines-based, social-practice platform The Office of Culture and Design; Dominica, an imprint run by Martine Syms dedicated to exploring Blackness as a topic, reference, marker and audience in visual culture; and Bidoun, a non-profit organization focused on art and culture from the Middle East and its diasporas.
The book features a preface by David Senior, an essay by Gee Wesley and Ulises Carrión’s 1975 publishing manifesto “The New Art of Making Books,” alongside documentation of the works produced.