This year at Art Fair Philippines, Independent store Artbooks.ph won’t just be setting up shop—that is, it’s excellent collection of tomes on Philippine art and culture. It’ll also be hosting book signings and launches with the authors, artists, and photographers behind newly released titles from Mapa Books, Steidl, and Hardworking, Goodlooking.
Mar 1, 4-5pm:
Signos by Veejay Villafranca
Published by Mapa Books (2017)
The first publication by Filipino award-winning photographer Veejay Villafranca, Signos (which we featured in our December-January issue) is about the lives of the people displaced by extreme weather occurrences in the Philippines. As typhoons get stronger, water levels rise and farmlands dry out, the country is faced with the reality of climate change. Signos illustrates these different environmental scenarios, further complicated by humanitarian issues such as inadequate relocation, livelihood security and human trafficking.
Mar 2, 4-5pm:
The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga by Jake Verzosa
Published by Steidl (2017)
First published in 2014, Jake Verzosa’s The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga is a collection of portraits of Kalinga women with their tribal tattoos. For at least a thousand years, tribal tattooing existed in the Kalinga region as a mark of beauty and wealth, and as a badge of honor and bravery. Every pattern etched on their bodies was symbolic and meaningful and expressed the different stages of life and death. They believed these tattoos were talismans that gave their body powers of strength and invulnerability.
Mar 3, 7-10 pm:
Zines of Production
Published by Hardworking, Goodlooking (2017)
Zines of Production (ZOP), which we featured here, is a collection of lathalas, a communally produced, low-fidelity publication, halfway between a zine and an artists’ book, by 10 Manila-based artists. Printed as an experiment in how to build more generous relationships between printer, publisher, and artist, ZOP includes the works of Alfred Marasigan, Charles Salazar, Cru Camara, Czar Kristoff, Edreec Sanglap, Kevin Kunishi, Jem Magbanua, Joseph Pascual, Mac Andre Arboleda, and Tammy David. Hardworking, Goodlooking will also host HOHOLTECHA, a book pirating party alongside the signing.
The artbooks.ph booth is located on the 5 th level of The Link, Ayala Center, Makati. Opening hours: 10am to 10pm.