Arctic Art Book Fair
The Arctic Art Book Fair is a multi-day celebration that highlights the production of printed matter throughout the circumpolar region through individual art practices, publishing studios and independent presses. AABF is organized by Mondo Books (Tromsø, Norway) and is the first art book fair to our knowledge that brings together producers from all over the circumpolar North; Alaska, Northern Canada, Greenland, Northern Scandinavia and Russia. The fair, which will be hosted by a different Arctic country in the upcoming years, hopes to provide a sustainable meeting place and exhibition venue for Arctic artistic communities and local audiences. It is also committed to Arctic content, with a focus on Indigenous perspectives, under-represented voices and cross-border collaborations.
The first edition was held in Alfheim Svømhall in Tromsø 2020 and it brought together over 70 local, national and international publishers, and had an extensive public program of presentations, panels and readings. It also featured a retrospective of handmade books from the past 40 years by the artist Hans Ragnar Mathisen. Mathisen is a painter, illustrator and graphic artist known for his pioneering work in Sámi cartography since 1975. He has had exhibitions since 1970 in Sápmi, Scandinavia and abroad, most recently he was part of Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece. He was one of the initiators of the foundation of the Sámi Artists’ Group in 1974, and has taken part in both the Sámi community and traveled extensively among the world’s Indigenous peoples. This was the first time his bookworks and book practice were shown so extensively. The first edition was kindly supported by Norsk Kulturråd, Troms og Finnmark Fylkeskommune, Barentskult, Sparebank i Nord Norge, Tromsø Kunstforening and Small Projects gallery.
Please stay tuned for the next edition of the AABF, which will be held in Nuuk Greenland in 2023.
Find more information regarding the AABF on the website and on Instagram.