Mela Dávila Freire,

Making a book means undertaking a complex task which is eminently collective. In addition to those who create content, design it and print the resulting book, other roles and knowledge must be involved whose participation is not always visible from the outside. This session will review all of the agents involved in editorial publishing, as well as some of the types of balance that can be established between such roles throughout the work process.

In her professional career, Mela Dávila Freire has combined institutional work – at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Museo Reina Sofía, among others– with research,writing, editing and curating. Her work focuses in particular on artist publications and art archives, spanning topics such as the theoretical and practical overlaps between archives and art collections, the ideological biases in archival structures,and the feminist revision of the genre of artists’ publications.

Her most recent book, Mission and Commission: documenta and the Art Market, 1955 – 1968, deals with the relationship between the early documenta exhibitions and the incipient art market through the publication of multiples and graphic works.

1 — Damián Ucieda, Camiño negro, 2022. Design by Luis Llorens Pendás, A Coruña / Hamburg. / 2 — Essay 2: We Want to Know, 2022. Design by Todojunto, Barcelona. / 3 — Mission and Commission: documenta and the Art Market 1955 – 1968, 2022. Design by Cosmic, Barcelona. / 4 — The publication My Holy Nacho (2015) in Jamie Allen and Bernhard Garnicnic’s installation Sectioning: My Holy Nacho, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, 2016. Design by Cosmic, Barcelona. / 5 — Poster for a presentation at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HfbK), 2019. Design by Luis Lloréns Pendás, A Coruña / Hamburg.
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