All is ready in Vancouver for the annual VABF that gathers a great amount of publishers, artists, authors and fan of the art books, zines, handcrafted books and so on. Beetwen the news of the 2017 edition there is the visual identity curated by Pete Florentini and the choice of Justina Bohach as project manager along with the Director Tracy Stefanucci.
“I look forward to building on what VABF already does an amazing job of doing—bringing interesting speakers, performances, publishers and ephemera to the fair from a variety of national and international cities, as well as local talent. I also look forward to the VABF community events held throughout the year and being a part of such a committed group of dynamic individuals.” said Justina Bohach about her new position inside the fair.
Justina Bohach facilitates various modes of cultural production within contemporary art. She is interested in experimental approaches to writing and publishing, including ficto-criticism, as well as artists that combine performance, publication and/or text within their practices. In 2015 she volunteered at the fair with Blonde Art Books (New York), and subsequently published an article on their blog that consisted of a series of interviews with various VABF exhibitors.
In 2016, she received her BFA in Critical and Cultural Studies from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. In 2015, she curated the exhibition Matter-Trace at CSA Space in Vancouver. She won C Magazine‘s 2016 C New Critics Award for her review “Katie Lyle and Shelby Wright: Movements for a Room,” and has published with The Mainlander in Vancouver.
From 2012 to 2015, Justina acted as Geoffrey Farmer’s studio manager, handling project management and onsite installations for exhibitions including Leaves of Grass at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; The Surgeon and the Photographer at the Curve Gallery in the Barbican in London; and How Do I Fit This Ghost In My Mouth? at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Last summer, she was the production assistant for Luminato’s 2016 Arts Partners at the Hearn in Toronto. Currently she is managing production for Mike Bourscheid’s exhibition Thank you so much for the flowers, which will be presented at the Luxembourg Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
But there is much more to know about this edition, because on February 16, 2017 VABF hosted the Monthly Open Studio presentation of On the Beach, an exhibition of paintings and objects alongside a reading and performance featuring work by Vancouver-based artists Jennifer Dickieson, YiFan Jiang, Mitch Kentworthy and Christian Vistan.
This one-night exhibition intimated the beach. Its consideration of duration as it affects space, music, scent and readings divided the evening into three parts. This temporal gesture set up a theatrical engagement with space that implicated the viewer not just as audience, but also as actor.
For further informations you can visit the link https://www.facebook.com/events/1850337581850279/