An introduction to the most characteristic forms of the ever evolving nature of artists books from its diverse history in the 20th and 21st centuries with Marina Yerali. The talk is about the art of book making, which was mainly developed in the second half of the 20th century, expanding and deloping the prevailing form of the book through the practices of artists as artworks in modern art. It will also focus on the different features between artists' books and livre d’artiste. With reference to its evolution in the 21st century, which is characterized by a vast community of artists, independent publishers, fairs, symposia and conferences, actively exploring the book through multimodal methods and productions.
The aim of the talk is for the public to get an idea of the concept of the book beyond its utilitarian qualities, pointing out its role as a dynamic and highly volatile artistic means of expression.
Marina Yerali Christodoulou has worked as an Archivist/Coordinator at the «Digital Heritage Research Lab» of the Cyprus University of Technology. She is also an external Research Associate at the «Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab» of the Cyprus University of Technology. She has been closely involved with academic libraries in London and Cyprus where she has worked as a librarian for many years. She completed her internship as a Picture Research Assistant at the Archives and Permissions Department of Thames and Hudson Ltd where she archived rare photographic collections. She has studied Book Arts (BA Hοns) at the London College of Communication with specialization on the craft tradition of book arts (bookbinding) and holds an MA in Book Arts with specific focus on artists’ books from the University of Arts in London. She has also exhibited her work in a number of solo and group exhibitions and she is the recipient of the «Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015» from Mexico.
Her object of study is the conceptualization of the book as a work of art. Her research interests and practices examine the book as an object of associations, history, production values and cultural meanings closely linked to the development of language and technology.