Photo Book Presentation / Photography Bound. Reimagining Photobooks and Self-publishing

Photo Book Presentation / Photography Bound. Reimagining Photobooks and Self-publishing

Photo Book Presentation / Photography Bound. Reimagining Photobooks and Self-publishing

Where: PhMuseum Lab | Via Paolo Fabbri 10/2a | Bologna, Italy

Admission: Free

When: Friday 3 February, 6pm


Friday 3 February at 6 pm, with an introduction by Daniele De Luigi (Curator at Fondazione Modena Arti Visive), Antonio Cataldo (Curator and artistic director of Fotogalleriet), together with Adrià Julià (Visual Artist) will present the new collaborative publication Photography Bound. Reimagining Photobooks and Self-publishing.

The volume is essentially a portable library, where each book – selected by 26 of the most eclectic and vibrant voices working in the field today – is declared an urgent addition. The result is a multi-part manifesto that radically and intimately engages with photography and publishing. The book, published by Silvana Editoriale, unfurls from a three-day conference of the same name organised by Antonio Cataldo and Adrià Julià in 2020 at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen and Fotogalleriet, Oslo. The conference found common but fragile ground amid a global health crisis. From there, it managed to catapult discussion and explore in depth the need to print and publish photobooks. Each of the 26 contributions discloses a unique relationship to photobooks and publishing. Together, they are a trigger for social, political and cultural demands. This book makes a collective call to action – or actions – and asks each reader to reimagine where photography is bound to go.

With the contribution of:

Terje Abusdal, Heidi Bale Amundsen, Delphine Bedel, Paul Gangloff, Erik Gant, Hans Gremmen, Cosmo Großbach, Abdul Halik Azeez, Michele Horrigan, Sohrab Hura, Kay Jun, Aglaia Konrad, Moritz Küng, Silja Leifsdottir, Hailey Loman, Catalina Lozano, Sean Lynch, Niclas Östlind, Vijai Patchineelam, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Mette Sandbye, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Ahlam Shibli, Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir, Reyes Sisternas, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Ina Steiner, Anne-Lise Stenseth, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, and Antonio Zúñiga

The event is presented within the Art City Bologna 2023 program. By participating at the presentation, you will also have the opportunity to visit the show Augmented Rome by Priscilla Pallante, the new PhMuseum Lab exhibition proposal in collaboration with Mat3ria.


Antonio Cataldo (1981) is a writer and a curator and, since August 2018, has served as the artistic director of Fotogalleriet, Oslo. Cataldo’s doctoral dissertation, Curating Labour, is an upcoming book in OnCurating’s catalogue, Zurich. At Fotogalleriet, Cataldo has actively challenged institutional models, their governing structures, and the representative social role of images and presented solo exhibitions with artists Andreas Angelidakis, Bouchra Khalili, Dora García, Maria Pasenau, Daisuke Kosugi, Brittany Nelson, and Maryam Jafri (2015), among others.

Adrià Julià (1974) is a visual artist and professor at KMD, the Art Academy at the University of Bergen. His work questions image-making technologies and their relation to normative narratives and violence. His most recent solo exhibition was held at Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil and at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona. Other solo shows have taken place in institutions such as Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; LAXART, Los Angeles; Artists Space, New YorkHe has been awarded fellowships by the American Academy Berlin, Botín Foundation, California Community Foundation, Art Matters, American Center Foundation and La Caixa Foundation.

Photo © Adrià Julià

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