Get First Dibs On These Launches At The Singapore Art Book Fair 2017

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Singapore Art Book Fair

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Mark your calendars, art and literary lovers—Singapore Art Book Fair returns for its fourth run this Thursday at Gillman Barracks. As per usual, there will be lots of art books, lots of zines, and lots of fringe activities to keep you occupied over the long weekend, courtesy of artists, design studios, independent publishers and distributors from around the region. Organised by the good folks at Books Actually, the exhibitors include returning vendors—Singapore’s Atelier Hoko, Holycrap and Supermama, Indonesia’s Studio Geometry, South Korea’s PRISMOf magazine—as well as new ones such as White Fungus magazine from Taiwan and Nobrow Press from UK. Here are some of the launches to look out for at SABF:

  1. 1. Rubbish FamZine No.6: An Emojious Odyssey of the Gluttonous Omnivores 

Family art collective Holycrap’s Rubbish FamZine first launched last week at magazine mecca MagCulture in London, but those of us here in Singapore can finally get our hands on it at SABF. The latest issue, inspired by Pann, Claire, Renn and Aira’s culinary journeys, comes packaged in a zi char box, and a custom made RUBBISH plastic bag for takeaways.

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2. Virus: Nice to Meet You 

Almost one year in the making – VIRUS: Nice To Meet You. It began with me wanting to understand the taboo topic of mental health on a surface level. But it is always going to be a can of worms. Every single person whom we've spoken to have battled or know someone dear who have battled before. Some have won, but many haven't. Mental scars don't usually heal – they are like pages in your life waiting to be opened again. Or you can choose to bury them forever. You get looked down upon, judged, dismissed as what Singaporeans call Siao. Most battle it daily themselves, afraid to share their pain with anyone, concealing it underneath layers of forced smiles and imaginary band aids. Thank you to those who have contributed in one way or another – I cannot express my appreciation enough for how brave you are to share. Not many have the courage. Thank you to those who have done research and contributed statistics and informative content. Thank you to those who worked on the designs and have had to hold deep breaths to create the visuals. It is not done like a dry, pedagogic guidebook, but I made sure it is not a highbrow compilation either. I have been asked – "how do you find the balance?" In such battles, there is no balance. These situations are wrecked, confusing and anarchical. You just have to make the best of it. I have lost count the number of times I had to walk away while reading the stories while working on it. I never thought it was going to be easy. I just didn't expect it to be so hard. Simply one of the hardest project I've worked on – and some might say – "you asked for it". Yes I did. We, as a society, have to be brave to approach it. VIRUS will be launched at @singaporeartbookfair. The last issue sold out at SABF, but we printed more. Pre-orders for this issue now open, available for collection at SABF. See you when we see you. #timeforsometea

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Design studio Fable’s Virus magazine sold out at last year’s SABF. This year, you can get your hands on reprinted copies of that issue—which looked at nostalgia, memories and stories by cataloguing Rochor Centre—and their latest issue at the same time. Nice to Meet You takes a hard, poignant, necessary (and, as always, stylish) look at the topic of mental illness in Singapore within its pages; featuring contributions from local illustrators as well as those who have shared their own tales of mental health.

3. Trippin’ Volume 1: Tokyo Edition  

A labour of love by graphic designers Ella Zheng and Ryan Len, this guide to Tokyo is for those looking for off the beaten path recommendations from a couple who is into all things design-related (Think: A bookstore that only sells a rotating selection of one book per week). Look out for Trippin’ at Supermama’s booth at SABF.

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4. Let Us Discover Yet Again 

Let Us Discover Yet Again launching next week at the Singapore Art Book Fair!

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Dedicated to the MacRitchie forest, with her new publication, Let Us Discover Yet Again, Pearlyn Sim “hopes to inspire readers to take a step back and (re)discover nature in Singapore.”

5. An Anatomy of Singapore’s Hawker Fare: Lunch & Dinner

A Singaporean artist and illustrator based in both Tokyo and Singapore, Junel Fujinuki’s (aka My Paper Pigeon) ode to our local hawker culture continues with a Lunch & Dinner edition. As with the previous Breakfast issue, the zine is bursting with illustrations celebrating our nation’s quirks, culinary and otherwise.

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6. SAND Magazine merch 

SAND x Chirashi Bomb

SAND x Chirashi Bomb

Photo: Courtesy of SAND

True to the bi-annual publication’s philosophy of fuelling both the consumer and creative, and the importance of shopping local, SAND Magazine‘s first series of collaborations puts the spotlight on Singaporean illustrators with merch you will want to cop immediately. Think: Tote bags designed by Chirashi Bomb to reflect the magazine’s identity and the upcoming second issue, Fuel; and iron-on patches designed by UltraaViolets & Tee’s by Alex, including a Tamagotchi-inspired patch that you definitely need in your life.

Singapore Art Book Fair 2017 is on from Thursday to Sunday, admission is free.

27 April, Thursday 19:00 – 22:00

28 April, Friday 10:00 – 20:00
29 April, Saturday 10:00 – 20:00
30 April, Sunday 10:00 – 19:00

7 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks
Singapore 108935

By Annabelle Fernandez 

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