Memphis Cartonera: Cooperative Publishing, Art and Action

by - January 25, 2017

Memphis Cartonera: Cooperative Publishing, Art, and Action
Artist in Residence, Nelson Gutierrez
Jan 27 - March 18
Opening reception: Jan 275-7pm in the gallery

Walls Divide Press info session: What is a zine? What is an Artists’ Press?
Feb 1, 1pm in the gallery

Walls Divide Press Workshop: Basics of Zine Making
Feb 1, 6pm in the gallery

Nelson Gutierrez Artist Talk
Feb 9, 6pm in the gallery

Nelson Gutierrez Workshop: Art and Politics (Spanish language)
Feb 22, 1pm in the gallery

Walls Divide Press Workshop: Screen Printing
Feb 22, 6pm in the gallery

About Cartonera publishing houses: The Cartonera movement emerged during Argentina’s economic crisis of 2001, when young writers responded innovatively to the publishing industry’s collapse by creating Argentina’s first cooperative publishing house, Eloísa Cartonera. The model was simple and effective— they bought recycled cardboard (cartón in Spanish) from downsized workers at fair prices. They also created a collection of short stories, poetry, and drama from up-and-coming writers, prominent literary figures (who donated their copyrights), and “cartonera” authors. As a result, a cooperative model of manufacturing (publishing) and distribution was implemented. This project has revolutionized how we think about literature’s place in our lives, its model of production and sustainability, and its powerful potential to generate meaningful work for the dispossessed in times of crisis. Proof of the model’s success and influence she says is its replication across urban Latin America, Spain, and now in the U.S.

About Memphis Cartonera: Memphis Cartonera is a cooperative publishing house dedicated to democratize literature and art, to foster literacy, to work in sustainable ways, and to rethink the place of the humanities in the world. They collaborate with local non-profit organizations such as the Centro Cultural Memphis, Latino Memphis, Cazateatro Bilingual Theater group, Caritas Village, Refugee Empowerment Program, and the Overton Park Farmers Market.

About Nelson Gutierrez: Born in Bogota, Colombia, Nelson Gutierrez lives and works in Memphis. Since the early 1990s, Gutierrez has focused on creating two and three-dimensional artworks, conceptual objects and installations, based on current sociopolitical issues. He received his M.F.A. at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England. His work has been exhibited at the DC Arts Center in Washington, DC; Edge Zones Contemporary Art in Miami, FL; and at Camarin del Carmen, Alzate Avendaño, Ecomuseo, and Independent Gallery in Bogota, Colombia

About WALLS DIVIDE PRESS:  Cofounded and curated by Jesse Butcher and Corkey Sinks, WALLS DIVIDE PRESS is a small press based in Memphis, TN. They publish and produce zines, artists' books, and multiples on a seasonal basis.

Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 5. Admission is always free.

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