By Foteini Vergidou.
The first Athens Art Book Fair launches this September in Athens. AABF, founded in 2019 by Margarita Athanasiou and Michalis Pichler, is the first initiative in Greece that deals exclusively with artistic publications. AABF is artist-run and aims to promote and support Greek production of printed matter, by bringing together and showcasing corresponding local and international publishing practices (analogue, digital and any medium in between).
AABF aims to introduce Athens as a new meeting point in the international community of publication artists, calling for publishers, zinesters, magazines, distributors and artists with an ongoing publishing practice to get together, learn from each other and highlight print as an artistic practice. The two-day event will include a series of presentations, performances, workshops and lectures in order not only to trigger a fruitful dialogue around the multifaceted nature of these practices, but also to support with theory the works that will be presented during the exhibition.