Radical Publishing in CDMX Speaker Series

Thu 1/21 • 12PM - 1PM PST

This Is A Book and Our Word Is Our Weapon: The Politics of Experimental Publishing in Latin America; E. Tonatiuh Trejo in conversation with Jennifer Osorio; part of the Radical Publishing in CDMX speaker series

Founded in 2011 in Mexico City, Esto es un Libro (This is a Book) is an experimental publishing lab, library, and community space that aims to challenge and transform our notions of traditional editorial processes and products through horizontal means of editorial production and the participatory (not passive) consumption of literary objects. Founder of Esto es un Libro and curator of Biblioteca de Anomalías (Library of Anomalies), E. Tonatiuh Trejo will discuss the editorial philosophy and production of Esto es un Libro that includes artist books in various formats (i.e. postcards, textiles, polyptychs, LPs) that respond to significant sociopolitical moments such as the Zapatista movement, Mexico’s war on drugs, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing upon Library of Anomalies’ rich collection of artist books from Latin America, Trejo will further contextualize Esto es un Libro’s production within the current political moment and movements in the region. Focusing specifically on experimental publishing in Chile and Brazil, Trejo will highlight how both the content and the material object (including format, media, typography) reflect and respond to recent social uprisings and the necessity of learning about artist book production in/from the global south.

Moderating the event will be Jennifer Osorio, head of International and Area Studies at the UCLA Library and the librarian for Spanish and Portuguese, Latin American and Ethnic Studies. She holds an MLIS in Information Studies and an MA in Latin American Studies, both from UCLA. She is also currently serving as a Visiting Program Officer with the Leadership Project of the Association of Research Libraries. Her research interests include leadership in libraries, open access in Latin America, and primary source instruction.

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