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After a small but successful collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO last year, Index Art Book Fair will return this year with greater space, more stands and renewed energy. IABF will be curating a special presentation as part of EXPO CHICAGO’s Editions + Books Section.

Entering its eighth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO hosts more than 135 leading international exhibitors and features an exciting programe of discussions and conversations among many other activities. This edition will align with the Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020) as well as the “Chicago Invitational” presented by The New Art Dealers Alliance (September 18–21, 2019). More info at


Thursday, September 19, 6:00–9:00pm

General Admission

Friday, September 20, 11:00am–7:00pm
Saturday, September 21, 11:00am–7:00pm
Sunday, September 22, 11:00am–6:00pm


Navy Pier Festival Hall
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, Il


We live in a world where the discourses of angst, violence and terror need to be fought and disarticulated. That is why the critical and dissident editorial exercise towards the imposed status quo is an act of resistance. Resisting implies alliance and complicity, it involves weaving an accompaniment from the disagreement that happens when we position ourselves politically in the face of a reality that does not sustain life. These small series of exchanges and conversations created jointly by IABF & Terremoto for EXPO CHICAGO seek to unfold reflections on the power of the editorial exercise when working with the components of language with the purpose of raising togetherness.

Friday september 20
01.30 – 02.30 pm, Panel discussion

Publishing as a tool for the dissemination of new languages of togetherness
New vocabularies can be seen as a family of words; key signifiers of a wished-for utopia constructed out of collective desires, that help create worlds/realities previously thought impossible. How is publishing disseminating and validating languages that activate new vocabularies? Can these vocabularies mobilize new purposes?
Panelists: Yani Aviles, Judith Pedroza, Adelheid Mers.

Friday september 20

03:00 – 04:00 pm, Book Signing
Walk to the Paradise Garden
Book published by Institute 193 Press.

Saturday september 21
01:00 – 02:00 pm, Panel discussion
Geopoetical Togetherness
Questioning the idea of nation, geopoetics will be evoked to talk about the plurality of contexts we work with when editing for different audiences, what artistic and political ideals evoke us in the geographies of America?
Panelists: Lou Cornum, Diego del Valle Rios

Saturday september 21
03:00 – 04:00 pm, Panel discussion
Art Critics Forum
Panelists: Francesco Tenaglia (Mousse), Rebecca Anne Proctor (Harper’s BAZAAR), Louise Benson (Elephant), Alexis Zavialoff (Motto)

Sunday september 22
12:30 – 01:30 pm, Panel discussion
Maintaining the commons - everyday practices for togetherness
What can be learned through the consideration of context-specific opportunities and challenges? A conversation about everyday practices for togetherness within the Chicago art and publishing scene.
Panelists: Maria Gaspar, Ronak Kapadia, Rodrigo Téllez

Sunday september 22
03:00 – 04:00 pm, Talk-Reading
Self-organized learning group Open-End-Ed, based in Chicago, will meet publicly at the fair to lead a guided discussion orbiting around their curriculum of institutional critique, ecology, and the engagement of public space. In the forms of readings, workshops, and field-trips, participants of OEE regularly meet to explore self-learning while collectively creating a platform for critical thought, research, and exchange.

The public program was created jointly by IABF & Terremoto for EXPO CHICAGO.

Terremoto is a communication platform dedicated to contemporary art in and around Mexico City and the American continent with a specific focus on the South: from the border states of MX and USA to Central & South America and the Caribbean. More info at

We are delighted to have Inga on board as a collaborator.
Inga is an independent bookshop in Chicago with a focus on art, design, film, and theory—curating self-published and independently published works that exist largely outside of traditional distribution systems. By establishing connections between artists, publishers, writers, and readers, both in Chicago and afar, the bookshop aims to create a space for encounters between people and publications. Inga was founded by Malia Haines-Stewart, Jacob Lindgren, and Alan Medina in 2019. More info at


Accattone (Brussels)
Accattone explores minor practices in art and architecture through the specific means of the printed magazine. As an exhibition on paper, each issue is a montage of contributions whose shared positions towards reality, history and representation resonate with one another. In the current landscape of non-commercial publications, Accattone’s originality lies in the strong visual orientation and in the close association of methods, editorial devices and featured contents. Through these experiments, crossing the methods of artists-as-iconographers with emerging architectural practices, Accattone addresses critically a fundamental aspect of thinking and practice: the working document and the changing status of the image.

Arch+ (Berlin)

ARCH + is an independent, conceptual journal for architecture and urbanism. The name is also a program: more than architecture. Every quarterly issue details a particular topic, picking up on current discussions from other disciplines with regard to architectural and urban issues. Founded in the wake of the 1968 departure, the focus of ARCH + is on the critical reflection of the social aspiration of architecture.

Art Catalogues (Los Angeles)

Art Catalogues is an independent art bookstore in business since 1977. It specializes in current and out-of-print museum and gallery exhibition catalogues and books on the subjects of modern art, architecture and photography.

Book Works (London)
The leading contemporary arts organisation with a unique role as makers and publishers of books. Established in 1984, we are dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists, and our projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples. Our activities include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an on-line archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops held by both the publishing department and the studio.

Canadian Center for Architecture (Montreal)

The Canadian Centre for Architecture is an international research institution operating from the fundamental premise that architecture is a public concern. It was founded in 1979 by Phyllis Lambert as a new type of cultural institution, with the specific aim of increasing public awareness of the role of architecture in contemporary society and promoting research in the field.

Casa Bosques (Mexico City)
Librería Casa Bosques reúne una destacada selección de libros y revistas nacionales e internacionales de la escena independiente. Especializada en publicaciones e impresos de arte, arquitectura, fotografía, diseño, moda y teoría crítica y del arte; obtenidas de editores independientes y canales alternos de distribución como ferias de libros de arte, viajes al extranjero y directamente de sus autores. Casa Bosques funge también como una plataforma que activamente apoya y promueve proyectos y colaboraciones entre distintos actores de la escena local e internacional: editores, artistas, fotógrafos, entre otros, que van desde presentaciones de nuevos proyectos editoriales, hasta charlas, performance y otras actividades.

Columbia Books on Architecture (New York)

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City aims to expand the ground of architectural discourse. Bringing together designers, scholars, planners, artists, theorists, and curators, often working outside of the expected formats of their fields, we focus on books that ask urgent questions about what architecture is and what it does. We hope to amplify new voices while reflecting on those who’ve shaped the field in vital ways, and to publish books that think deeply on the implications—whether political, ecological, cultural, or disciplinary—of architecture in its broadest sense.

Dent-De-Leone (London)

Dent-De-Leone is a not for profit publishing hut operating since 2007. Dent–De–Leone sees itself as being curious and any editorial line to be suspicious. Despite appearances Dent-De-Leone is not based in New Zealand and produces mostly books but also objects and immaterial publications based on conversations. Dent–De–Leone is Martino Gamper, Gemma Holt, Kajsa Ståhl & Maki Suzuki.

Ediciones Hungría (Mexico City)

Ediciones Hungría is an editorial based in Mexico City, founded in 2010 by Rodrigo Téllez Repetto.

Ediciones Manivela (Mexico City)

Ediciones Manivela is an initiative of a cultural company profiled towards the artistic expressions of our time, based in Mexico City and founded in October 2014 by Minerva Salguero.

Index Architecture

Index Architecture explores the intersection between print and architecture, and looks at spatial activism through publication. At IABF @ EXPO CHICAGO, Index Architecture presents a curated selection of publishers and publications concerned with spatial activism, the commons and commonism.

Inga (Chicago)

Inga is an independent bookshop in Chicago with a focus on art, design, film, and theory—curating self-published and independently published works that exist largely outside of traditional distribution systems. By establishing connections between artists, publishers, writers, and readers, both in Chicago and afar, the bookshop aims to create a space for encounters between people and publications. Inga was founded by Malia Haines-Stewart, Jacob Lindgren, and Alan Medina in 2019.

König Books (Berlin)

Motto (Berlin)

Motto was started by Alexis Zavialoff around 2007, and initiated as a distribution company for Switzerland, specializing in magazines and fanzines, a service which hardly existed before on the Swiss territory.

Mousse Publishing (Milan)

Mousse Publishing is an independent publishing house founded in 2006. Born as a spin-off of Mousse, the contemporary art magazine, Mousse Publishing was created to give every printed project originality, care, and respect. Mousse Publishing makes books with artists, writers, public and private institutions, galleries, and other art and cultural initiatives. Our focus is on artist monographs and artist books, conceived and created in concert with the artist. Mousse Publishing also releases online contents, printed ephemera, and artist editions.

O Book Publisher (Berlin)

Onomatopee (Eindhoven)

Onomatopee Projects, founded in 2006 and directed by Freek Lomme since, is a curating and editorially led public gallery and publisher that is particularly known for their self-initiated and transdisciplinary projects. Furthermore, they also host the projects of progressive individuals as well as artist-run and institutional organisations.

Platform Editions (Chicago)

Platform Editions is an independent publisher and risograph print studio. We collaborate with artists, writers, designers, and institutions to produce and distribute a variety of publications and printed matter including books, catalogues, zines, and editioned prints.

SPBH Editions (London)

Self Publish, Be Happy is an organization dedicated to shaping contemporary photography and visual culture through publishing, online and offline events, and education programmes.

Sternberg Press (Berlin)

Sternberg Press grew out of the small publishing house known as Lukas & Sternberg, founded in 1999 by Caroline Schneider. With a focus on art criticism, theory, fiction, and artists’ books, the Berlin-New York based publishing endeavor was set in motion with a pocket book series—edited in part with Nicolaus Schafhausen. Dedicated to an expanded notion of writing on art, Sternberg Press has created a formidable platform in which practitioners from the fields of art and culture (architecture, design, film, politics, literature, and philosophy) can engage in a critical discourse. Each book is a special object celebrating creative publishing at its best, based on both meticulous editorial decisions and distinctive design. Through both commissioned and translated works, Sternberg Press seeks out the blind spots within contemporary discourse and offers a timely response to the related debates.

Terremoto (Mexico City)

Terremoto is a communication platform dedicated to contemporary art in and around Mexico City and the American continent with a specific focus on the South: from the border states of MX and USA to Central & South America and the Caribbean.

The Renaissance Society (Chicago)

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. “The Ren”—as we are known by many—is an independent, non-collecting museum driven by an uncompromising commitment to artists and their ideas. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. We offer artists the time, space, resources, and freedom that are vital for ambitious experimentation and risk-taking. Our work with artists frequently results in newly commissioned art, and their presentations in our 3,000 sq ft gallery spur further scholarly and creative reflections in our publications and public programs.

Valiz (Amsterdam)

Valiz is an independent international publisher on contemporary art, theory, critique, design and urban affairs. Our books offer critical reflection, interdisciplinary inspiration, and often establish a connection between cultural disciplines and socio-political questions. We publish these books out of our commitment to their content, to artistic and social issues and to the artists, designers and authors. Apart from publishing Valiz organizes lectures, debates and other cultural projects in which certain topics in contemporary art are explored.

White Fungus (Taiwan)

White Fungus is a print magazine and publishing platform based in Taiwan. The publication began in 2004 as a protest zine and quasi political manifesto produced on a photocopier in Wellington, New Zealand. Now it is an international arts publication based in Taiwan that is distributed globally. Each cover of the magazine is derived from a scan of a can of "white fungus", a commercially produced pulped beverage from Taichung City.

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