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New book: A Parallel Road from Amani Willett

A Parallel Road by Amani Willett

We’re excited to share that we’ve collaborated once again with American photographer Amani Willett to bring you his newest project, A Parallel Road. A multi-layered work exploring the Black experience of driving in America, it challenges representations of the ideal road trip. This ‘alternative’ history has been sidelined for generations, but living in fear of suffering authoritarian violence while on the road is an everyday reality faced by people of colour. Amani’s new photographs are mixed with family archives, historical images and digital screenshots, combined with the backdrop of the historical Negro Motorist Green Book – a guide that Black people depended upon for survival for 30 years since 1939. It questions how long the road will continue to be a site of oppression for Black people in American society. Small in size but heavy with impact, this compact edition is hand-bound and is delivered in an eye-catching printed wrapper. View the full details here

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Online events during coronavirus lockdown

Since we were all blindsided this spring by the spread of coronavirus and instructed to stay at home, many of us had to cancel travel plans. As a small photobook publisher this meant missing out on participating in book fairs and festivals – events we rely on to gather with like minded photobook enthusiasts, to share new publications and convivial moments. While this epidemic came as a massive shock to all of us, we knew the priority was to accept our position and protect the health and welfare our families, friends and communities.

From March we have realised just how important our online connections are for bringing us together, at least virtually. Numerous people and organisations involved in photography came up with innovative ways to keep in touch and continue in sharing our collective passion for visual communication. Overlapse was grateful to be involved by participating in some of these initiatives.

The Photographic Museum of Humanity invited us to feature in their online photobook festival through late March and April, organised by Giuseppe Oliverio and Rocco Venezia who brought together a wonderful selection of international, independent publishers. Many of us also had informal Instagram Live sessions with Giuseppe to discuss concepts behind our books and publishing imprints, and PhMuseum has plans to expand their promotion of photobooks even further. Being a part of this event really helped us come out of isolation, despite the necessity to be a virtual experience! See @PhMuseum on Instagram

Later in April another online photobook fair was launched from the US with Virtual—Assembly – a weekend-long event organised by Jason Koxvold and Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa. Throughout the weekend they hosted an ambitious programme of talks and presentations with many familiar artists and photography professionals. This is also set to be a continuing initiative, so it’s worth following along for updates – @virtualassembly on Instagram

Then in early May we were delighted to be invited by 10×10 Photobooks to host an hour-long ‘InstaSalon’ presentation with Tiffany Jones, which is archived to view here on Instagram. Since 2012 10×10 has pursued a mission to foster engagement with the global photobook community through an appreciation, dissemination and understanding of photobooks. Run by co-founders Olga Yatskevich and Russet Lederman, and salon organiser Dolly Meieranhey – they offer an ongoing multi-platform series of public photobook events and continue to organise three online InstaSalons each week. Don’t miss out on this incredible outreach project! Follow @10x10photobooks on Instagram

Moving forward we are working on new books for release in summer and autumn after postponing our spring projects. Soon we’ll have news about upcoming titles and events! In the meantime we are thinking warmly of you – especially our new friends connected in the virtual world and those of you who generously continue to support Overlapse projects. Thank you!

Keep well and we look forward to meeting you again very soon XX

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Overlapse at Polycopies in Paris from 6-10 November 2019

Polycopies Paris 2019

HERE’S YOUR TICKET TO POLYCOPIES, the most exciting photobook fair of the year – meet us on the boat in Paris!
No actual ticket necessary, just turn up 😉

Happening during the week of Paris-Photo, Polycopies is not only an abundant marketplace for finding photobooks aplenty, but the liveliest place to meet with photographers, publishers, collectors and other enthusiasts from around the world. The boat is rocking every day with an energetic crowd of people sharing ideas on photography, discussing the practices of publishing, exchanging on discoveries made and showing new projects. Don’t miss it!

Meet aboard the Concorde-Atlantique boat
Berges de Seine – Port de Solferino, 75007 Paris
Métro: Concorde / Assemblée Nationale

OVERLAPSE EVENT: SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER FROM 4PM
BOOK SIGNING + LAUNCH of The Saxons of Transylvania with Pascual Martínez + Vincent Sáez

Open times:
Wednesday 6 November – 5.30-10pm
Thursday 7 November – 11am-9pm
Friday 8 November – 11am-9pm
Saturday 9 November – 11am-9pm
Sunday 10 November – 12-7pm

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Fiebre Book Market 2019 in Madrid

Fiebre Book Market 2019

The Fiebre Photobook Festival returns to Madrid from Friday 25th-27th October, and we’d be delighted for you to visit us at the Book Market! The festival programme also features photobook exhibitions, a dummy award, and opens with a BookJockey session with Gabriela Cendoya and Juan Cires.

At Sala El Águila de la Comunidad de Madrid
Calle Ramírez de Prado, 3, Madrid

Open times:
Friday 25th October 5-9 pm
Saturday 26th October 11am-9pm
Sunday 27th October 11am-3pm

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Meet us at Unseen Amsterdam 19-22 September

Unseen 2019

We look forward to meeting you in Amsterdam this week at the Unseen Book Market!

More than 80 publishers and booksellers are exhibiting in the Westergas’ Transformatorhuis, the largest market ever during the fair. Check the Unseen website for scheduled book launches, signings, talks and special events – and look out for impromptu happenings, too! Copies of our new zine will be available – El Dorado by Melissa Arras, along with recent releases and all remaining photobooks in our collection.

Open hours:
Thu 19 September 2.30-9pm (VIP/Press Preview)
Fri 20 September 11.30-9pm
Sat 21 September 11.30-8pm
Sun 22 September 11.30-5pm

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Overlapse at London Art Book Fair 5-8 September

London Art Book Fair 2019

If you’re in London (or plan to be), please stop by Whitechapel Gallery to visit us during the 2019 London Art Book Fair!

It’s a perfect time to get your hands on our latest publications and to meet a few of the wonderful London-based artists we work with 🙂 Over four exciting days, check out the latest wares by an international mix of creative and cutting-edge publishers, big and small.

Thursday, 5th September is LAUNCH NIGHT from 6-9pm
We’ll present advance copies the new zine, El Dorado by Melissa Arras

Saturday, 7th September BOOK SIGNINGS from 3-4pm:
Lewis Bush, Metropole
Marina Vitaglione, Solastalgia

Open times:
Thursday 5 Sept: 6–9pm
Friday 6 Sept: 11am–6pm
Saturday 7 Sept: 11am–6pm
Sunday 8 Sept: 11am–4pm

The nearest tube station is Aldgate East.