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22 Janaury – 20 February 2016
ROMA PUBLICATIONS – THE POP-UP STORE
with ROGER WILLEMS and DANA LIXENBERG
The relationship between an artwork and a book varies from project to project. (…) what I wanted to bring to the foreground is that publishing art – in our case – is not just a professional activity, but a shared passion for art and books, which creates pleasure and friendship.
As long as you see the book as a free place, the book can become an extension of the artist’s work.
– Roger Willems (from an interview with Lorenzo Benedetti)
Roma Publications is an independent art publisher, founded 1998 by graphic designer Roger Willems and artists Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam. It is used as a platform to produce autonomous publications in close collaboration with a growing number of artists, institutions, writers and designers. Related to the content, every issue has its own rule of appearance and distribution, varying from house to house papers to exclusive books. Until now the publications have editions between 2 and 150,000.
Pop-up stores aim at highlighting the work of publishers that we believe are particularly significant and at underlining the positive relationship between an artist and his/her imprint. They are also an opportunity of meeting publishers and artists. Micamera will present a selected number of books by Roma Publications; a special relevance will be attributed to Imperial Courts, 1993-2015 by Dana Lixenberg, that was recently shortlisted for the Aperture / Paris Photo award. While the books will be on display on the tables, some prints from this work will be exhibited on the gallery walls (the comprehensive exhibition will be on view at the Huis Marseille Museum in Amsterdam).
Dana Lixenberg and Roger Willems will attend the opening reception and will teach a workshop together over the weekend, for a limited number of students.
Roger Willems (b. Tilburg, 1969) studied graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts St Joost, Breda, the Netherlands and was assistant of Karel Martens from 1993 till 1995. Post graduated in 1999 at the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.
He lives and works as self-employed designer in Amsterdam, mainly working in the field of book design for publishing houses and cultural institutions. Started his own publishing and editorial project in 1998 together with artists Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam: Roma Publications. Since then, Roma Publications has been expanding in an informal and dynamic way. Willems both designed and published Lixenberg’s Imperial Courts, 1993-2015 and the previous Set Amsterdam (2011).
Dana Lixenberg collaborates with a variety of the most important magazines such as Vibe, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek and The Telegraph magazine amongst many others. All the while she continuously works on long-term personal projects, mostly focused on individuals and communities on the margins of society. Imperial Courts – whose first comprehensive exhibition will open on December 12 at the Museum Huis Marseille in Amsterdam and will include a video and audio installation – started in 1993 and continued throughout 2015. Already back in 1993, through the incredibly beautiful portraits, Lixenberg started collaborating with magazines and was awarded a project grant by the Fonds BKVB – which was the start of a successful career.