Panel Discussion: Critical Regionalism: Making Books in Moscow, Dubai, Melbourne and Singapore

Sat 14 Mar, 1pm–2pm

Past program

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NGV International

Grollo Equiset Garden
Ground Level

Presented by NGV

Critical regionalism has been widely discussed in architectural discourse during the past three decades, but how might publishers today tackle the tension between local and international market demands? In a landscape dominated by large-format books published by the giants of the art world, how can a publisher speak to local and international audiences alike? How does one balance issues of national significance with matters of global concern?

Join publishers and respondents from Strelka Press (Moscow), Fully Booked (Dubai), URO Publications (Melbourne) and Singapore Art Book Fair to discuss topics such as facsimiles, translations, nostalgia and editorial design.


Megan Patty is a publisher, writer and curator. Megan is Head of Publications, Photographic Services and Library at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, and curator of the Melbourne Art Book Fair. She has worked across the museum and arts sector to develop new publishing propositions for museums, artists, and private and public collections for the past 12 years. She is a PhD candidate at RMIT University.

Renée Ting is the founding director of the Singapore Art Book Fair, an independent, annual, multi-day festival specialising in contemporary art books and zines. The Singapore Art Book Fair was founded in 2013 and continues to serve as a platform that celebrates and captures the energy and vision of artists working in the medium. The fair was made independent in 2018 and now attracts over 7000 visitors in one weekend and hosts over 90 exhibitors each year.

Daphne Taranto and Anthony Tino are Fully Booked. Fully Booked is a curated international platform for creative publications and artists’ books from or of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia that has produced three annual editions of the Dubai Art Book Fair. The Fair, the first of its kind in the Gulf, premiered in 2017 in Alserkal Avenue during the annual Dubai Art Week. Anthony Tino and Daphne Taranto are the Co-founders and Co-directors, guided by an eight-member advisory circle of regional self-publishers.

Mat Ward is Uro Publications. Uro Publications is a specialist publisher of architecture and design books. They operate as both vendors and publishers of architecture and design books, with a particular focus on Australian titles.

Ivan Sorokin and Olga Tenisheva are Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. This non-profit educational institution in Moscow, Russia, was founded in 2009 with a mission to transform physical and cultural landscape of Russian cities. The Institute promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its educational activities and programmes. Strelka Press is the publishing program of Strelka Institute. Launched in 2012, Strelka Press publishes both printed books and digital essays on modern issues of architecture, design, urban development and emerging technologies in English and Russian.

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