Saturday, August 16, 2008

Hecho a Mano: Book Arts of Latin America

This exhibit includes nearly 100 handmade books from Cuba, Mexico and Argentina, recently acquired by Wilson Library at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The exhibit will include books made by three collectives that provide training and a livelihood for their members:

  • Taller Leñateros ("Woodlanders' Workshop"), in San Cristobal de las Casas, in Chiapas, Mexico. Mexican poet Ambar Past founded the collective in 1975 after she became interested in preserving the Mayan language Tzotzil that she was learning from local women.
  • Ediciones Vigía in Matanzas, Cuba, which produces elaborate and artistic books with craft and copier paper, crayons, and items donated by international visitors.
  • Eloisa Cartonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The collective purchases cardboard from "cartoneros," or cardboard scavengers, and transforms it into brightly painted covers for modest editions of books.

Also on view will be fine press artists' books from Mexico and Argentina, along with works by Argentine graphic artist and poet Ral Veroni, and by Mexican print maker and artist Artemio Rodríguez.

On exhibit through October 12, 2008

Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Free and open to the public

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