The Spanish 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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Artists’ books have transformed the traditional condition of bookness since the sixties and seventies. As Johanna Drucker says, they changed their 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 of the book: Yani Pecanins began to create books for looking, for touching and also for reading. She started out with a little manual printing workshop in her house’s kitchen, that’s why she named it Cocina Ediciones (Kitchen Editions). Then, she began forming relationships with artists from other countries who were interested in the visual presence of books, in their objectness. This way, she began to compile an archive of the most important artists’ books and opened a gallery named El Archivero (The Archivist), which remained open for some years. This work is a research on this archive and on the Mexican concept of The Artist Book and the differences between this book and 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 3, pp.57-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 455.977KB).

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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