The ArtsLibris team is flexible, and it grows or transforms every year depending on the projects and the needs of the event, but always has the good fortune to include some professionals from different fields, who take interest in the artist’s publications and the photobooks from different perspectives. Currently, the people who collaborate with the project in a stable way to give shape and substance to the three calls of ArtsLibris in 2020 are the following:
Rocío SC Santa Cruz, founder and general director of ArtsLibris, studied at the École Estienne in Paris and is the initiator of the publishing label Raíña Lupa, created in the French capital in 1994 and moved to Barcelona in 2002. Involved in the world of galleries since several years, since 2015 she runs a gallery that bears her name in Barcelona.
The interconnection between art and literature, through projects such as the edition of illustrated books and the curating of exhibitions —such as Leer imágenes: el archivo fotográfico de Julio Cortázar and La palabra y su sombra, José Ángel Valente—, are her main interests. In her activity as a gallerist, her focal points are photography, experimental cinema and the publication of artist’s books. She conceives the gallery as a container of ideas, and a space for discussion and dissemination of contemporary artistic practices.
Andrea Soto Calderón, PhD in philosophy, currently resides in Barcelona, Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory. She has developed her research in Valparaíso, Lisbon and Paris. Currently, in addition to her teaching activity, she develops an artistic research project in relation to the workings of images at the La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, in Barcelona. Her lines of research focus on the transformations of aesthetic experience in contemporary culture, criticism, artistic research, the study of image and media, as well as the relationship between aesthetics and politics. She has written several academic articles as well as texts for artist catalogs. Among her recent publications, she highlights her book “Le travail des images”, with Jacques Rancière, Les presses du réel, 2019.
Alejandra López Gabrielidis, degree in Philosophy specialized in Digital Art and Technologies, she is currently executing her doctoral thesis on the new modalities of body-reality that emerge in relation to the phenomenon of dating, in co-ordination between the University of Barcelona and the french university Université Rennes 2. Her Interest focuses, above all, on analyzing the relationships that are woven between the technical object and the body from a paradigm of distributed agency. Address these issues by combining technology philosophy with art criticism. During the last years she has worked as a researcher in the IN> RA Project. The collaborative artistic practice as a model of experience: New forms and prototypes in the research processes, and in IMARTE (Research Group, Art, Science and Technology), at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona.
Marta Andreu Pujante has a degree in Humanities from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a master’s degree in communication from the Universitat de Barcelona. She has been working in the cultural sector for a decade. She develops her skills among publishers, film festivals and independent projects.
He joined the ArtsLibris team in 2014. First in the communication department until this year, together with Alejandra L. Gabrielidis, they coordinate the organization of the Fair.
Bia Bittencourt is Brazilian and lives in Barcelona. She is curator and research the market and behaviour of publishers and publications in Latin America and Europe. In São Paulo, she founded Plana: festival, artistic residence and cultural space. Also, in Barcelona, she runs the experimental publishing house No_Libros, an investigation into Cultural Ecologies and the overproduction of objects in Anthropocene.
Frederic Perers, who is in charge of interior design at ArtsLibris, studied at Eina – Escola de Disseny i Art and, after working for designer Antoni Arola, founded his own studio in 1999.
Frederic develops design projects related to various fields: temporary exhibitions, projects of museography, home interior design and commercial establishments. Among these projects, some are particularly relevant: Multiplàstic, FreshAnimals and Splash — selected by BCD for the Barcelona Design Tour —, and also the museography of Espai Far, Espai Ermengol, Museu de Tortosa and Centre d’Interpretació del Castell de Montjuïc. He has also created exhibition environments for Eurotherm, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Institut d’Estudis Vallencs, Ajuntament de Manresa and Museo de la Ciencia de Valladolid.
Pedro Hugo Carmo, graphic designer formed by the Facultad de Bellas Artes of Porto and master in interaction design by the Elisava school. They highlight their projects in print and digital media in collaboration with artists, art centers, the Barcelona library network, architecture studios, dance companies and fashion brands.