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The Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) is slated for June 28 to 30 and is to feature the works of more than 80 local and international exhibitors. (Shutterstock/Yulia Grigoryeva)
The Singapore Art Book Fair (SGABF) is returning in two weeks’ time.
According to a recent press release, the event is slated for June 28 to 30. For its sixth year, the event is to host the works of more than 80 local and international exhibitors. Art books, art catalogues, monographs, zines and printed ephemera are available for public viewing.
This year’s SGBAF will be hosted in the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and opens at 12 p.m. until late on opening day, but will close at 8 p.m. on June 29 and 30.
The 2019 SGABF is to feature an Open Call Showcase by art platform THEBOOKSHOW, workshops by Facebook Analog Research Lab and The Zine Library curated by the Squelch Zines collective.
Here are some highlights you need to know about before the big event.
Live music performances
On June 28, experimental musicians Bani Haykal & Ferry are to perform live, organized by Singaporean record label Ujikaji. On the next day, musician and composer Kin Leonn is to perform an Improvised Ambient Set organized by Tokyo-based record label KITCHEN. LABLE.
THEBOOKSHOW Open Call Showcase
During SGABF2019, visitors can enjoy the Open Call Showcase by THEBOOKSHOW, a selection of self-published photobooks produced by 10 international artists and photographers.
The Open Call Showcase is a great opportunity for emerging artists to have their creations seen, but it’s also a great opportunity to encourage art book appreciation in the community.
The books featured in this exhibition are curated by the director of SGABF, Renee Ting, founder of Do Not Design, Yanda, and the director of the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) and co-founder of THEBOOKSHOW, Leanna Teoh. All works featured in this exhibition are to travel to other international events THEBOOKSHOW collaborates with as well.
The official SG Art Book Fair afterparty
On the second night of SGABF2019 (June 29), an afterparty at Hopscotch restaurant and grill is open to all exhibitors and visitors starting from 8.30 p.m. till late.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of alcoholic beverages and food for sale accompanied by a unique lineup of musical talent organized by a local collective, Good Times. Performers include underground DJs Reiki, Sadat and Itch, filling the night with sounds ranging from jazz, to reggae, to Arabic funk and Afropop.
To find out more details regarding their public program schedule and more, visit their page on the NTU Centre For Contemporary Art Singapore’s website. (ayr/wng)