PUBLISHING AS ARTISTIC PRACTICE webinar Friday 1 April, 10:00–12:00


Webinar on Friday the 1st of April, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

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Why do artists make books and what is special about the printed matter? What can we learn from each other about the process of making? How should one go about with distribution?

We invite you to listen to the artist talks and to participate in the discussions together with Tuukka Kaila, Hikari Nishida and Toivo Heinimäki. We will scratch the surface on the idea of publishing and distribution. The discussion will have an emphasis on the self published photobook and artist’s books.

Tuukka Kaila is a Helsinki-based artist with a background in photography and printed matter. He is a co-founder of the artist-run publishing initiative Rooftop Press along with its risograph studio Vallilan risopaja and founder of the nomadic artist’s book gathering Bookies. He regularly lectures on publishing at the Academy of Fine Arts and Aalto University.

Hikari Nishida is a visual artist, originally from France and Japan, currently living in Helsinki. She graduated from the Fine Art School of Strasbourg in France, where she studied the medium of publishing as art practice. Her work is usually defined between gathering and collaborative artwork platforms, experimental publishing and installation art. She founded The Temporary Bookshelf in March 2021 which has been running in different locations since then. 

Toivo Heinimäki is a Helsinki based visual artist specializing in photography & small publishing. He is a founder and artistic director of Utu Press small publishing house. In his work, Heinimäki utilises the methods of documentary photography while refusing to make claims or conclusions. To present his work he uses mixed techniques from small zines to hand made C-prints.

The discussion will be lead by Tuukka Kaila. The webinar is organised as a joint venture with the Association of Photographic Artists and PBFF.


image: Photobook Awards 2019, Minna Kurjenluoma