Join the Vancouver Art Book Fair for our special presentation of “Ten +,” an exhibition of over ten years worth of publications, printed matter and ephemera outlining the founding and development of the organization. Curated by Stéphane Bernard, the project is presented as part of Spring Fever: Vancouver Independent Archives 2017 (

“When considering the emergence of the Vancouver Art Book Fair, it seems natural that the act of looking backward would serve the ultimate purpose of predicting the future. After all, archiving the past is as much a tool for understanding the ins and outs of historical evolution as it is an opportunity for reminiscing about days gone by and the people we’ve met along the way—all the while, looking forward to the good times ahead.” — S. Bernard

At “Ten+,” the curator invites the artistic collectivity of Vancouver to come out to connect, share stories and artifacts, and reflect on past activities and production as part of a larger archival project he is undertaking around the literal, social and observed history of the organization.

If you’ve attended the fair before—whether as a visitor, exhibitor, presenter or volunteer—or been a part of the communities surrounding one cool word magazine, OCW Magazine or the Project Space bookshop/gallery, you might have some ephemera from this time to share or pictures on your phone that may or may not have made their way online. If so, bring some printed copies. Or, perhaps you have some juicy stories to tell? In either case, we’re looking to see and/or hear them.

In addition to contributing to this data-collection activity, visitors may browse through a selection of previous institutional material, including banners, tote bags and posters, as well as publications produced by the centre since its inception.

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STÉPHANE BERNARD is an artist presently living and working in Vancouver, where he finished a Post Baccalaureate Diploma from SFU after completing a BFA from Université Laval in Quebec City. He is a painter and educator who is currently exploring the archival process as an artistic medium. This practice often takes the form of bookworks, spoken-word performance, print-based or curatorial projects, as well as the creation of web-based archival databases. His critical writing has been published in Kolaj and Issue magazines.

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Special presentations in the VABF Studio serve as a platform for artists and publishers working in or at an intersection with artists’ publishing. Help us create this space for artists to present and self-direct the presentation of their work by BECOMING A MEMBER:

Please follow the signs from the front door of 236 E Pender Street and enter around back in the alley. Knock loudly to be let in.

Ten+ is presented as part of Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2017, in addition to Monthly Open Studio events hosted at the VABF Studio approximately every third Friday of the month. It is Edition V1.3.2 in this ongoing series, and was curated by Stéphane Bernard.


Suivez pour le site Internet de SPRING FEVER ou cliquez sur les images pour plus d’information sur l’événement que j’ai commissarié ce mois-ci. Il s’agit d’une petite exposition basé sur les archives de la Foire de livres d’art de Vancouver, The Vancouver Art Book Fair.