The Artists' Books in México: Cocina Ediciones y El Archivero

By Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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The artists' books transformed since the sixties and seventies the traditional condition of bookness. As Johanna Drucker says, they change its status from secondary to primary, from instrumental to originative, from common to rare, without renouncing other identities. In Mexico there was a pioneer in this conceptual dimension from the book; Yani Pecanins began to create books for looking, for touching and also books for reading. She began with a little manual printing workshop in her kitchen's house, that's why she named it Cocina Ediciones (Kitchen Editions). Then she began to make relations with artists from other countries interested in the visual presence of books, in its objectness. By this way she began to compile the most important artists' books archive and opened a gallery named The Archivist (El Archivero) during some years. Now this is a research about this archive and the mexican concept of The Artist Book and its differences with the traditional book, the alternative book and the object book.

Keywords: Artists'Books, Visual Arts, Mexican Artists' Books

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.121-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 488.047KB).

Prof. Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel

Professor, CUMULUS and Design Research Society, Mexico

First woman in Mexico using digital resources in arts and design. Also first woman director of National School of Visual Arts at UNAM (2002-2006), has published four books about Graphic Design Theory, Graphic Design Metodology, Non-linear languages semiotics and Graphic Design Hermeneutics, 32 research papers and 18 didactic manuals. Manager from two diferent firms: a technologic center and a graphic design place. Teacher during 30 years, oficial tutor from postgraduate program in the lines of researching projects, semiotic and hermeneutic studies; participating in academic events in Mexico, Dominicana Republic, USA, Canada, Greece, Spain, Cuba, Peru, Holland, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, London, Sweden, and Portugal and presentating conferences in Mexico, Panama, Cuba, Spain, USA, Lisbon, England and other countries; also, being advisor thesis from more than 120 researching student thesis works in different universities. Professional graphic designer, working in Mexico, USA and Canada in firms like BMG Entertainment, Environmental Law Institute or UNESCO in traditional and digital way. Visual artist, has exposed digital art, collage and visual poetry in 30 exhibitions in Mexico, Panama, USA,Colombia, China, Rusia, Spain, France, Greece, Palestine and Frankfurt.


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