Tokyo Art Book Fair (TABF)
Guest Curator
23/11/2023 - 26/11/2023

Finland guest curator at the Tokyo Art Book Fair - the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. 

The Temporary Bookshelf was invited to curate 50 titles from Finland, to be presented and sold at the Nordic Art Book Store. 

In addition, a selection of 10 artist books from the Rikhardinkatu Library Artists’ Book collection were presented. The 10 titles have been selected by Emmi Martin, Heini Korhonen and Hikari Nishida. The selection acts as a representation of the collection, from the artist’s book as a unique object to printed multiples. 

TTB’s Special Zine collection was launched during TABF. The project consists of a series of self-published titles from 17 artists and designers based in Helsinki: each of them have been invited to publish a title “carte blanche”.

The Sunken Garden hosted a live music performance with Yoichi Kamimura & Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir: 
sounds from Finland to Iceland and Japan.

Cast aluminium letter bookstands were designed by Helsinki Type Studio.

The curators of the Nordic Art Bookstore were invited to participate to a talk event.

Students visits
Throughout the year, The Temporary Bookshelf gives regurlarly presentation to students as part of their courses’ curriculum. 

Recent student visits and presentations include the University of the Arts Helsinki, 
Aalto University, Eindhoven Academy, Konstfack University, Art School Maa, LAB University of Applied Science.
Under the Leaf Art Book Fair #2

21/10/2023 - 22/10/2023

The second edition of Under the Leaf Art Book Fair gathered independent publishers & artists, workshops, performances, gigs and cakes. 
Around 500 visitors came at Kunsthalle Kohta to enjoy books and events over the weekend. 

This year edition included:
Book Launch of ‘Can We Speak Between?’
by students of the MA Graphic Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Performances at Kalasataman Seripaja by Zody Burke, Death by Landscape, Alsa Ojala, Heta Bilaletdin, Yoichi Kamimura & Olli Arni.

Workshop with artist Robin Clifford Ellis ‘Print the Gocco Way’: printing a postcard with a miniature printing device.

Special displays by Océane Bruel & Dylan Ray Arnold K0ira1 & Emma Vilppula, Amorella Collective (Kadri-Ann Kivisild, Lydia Toivanen).

Under the Leaf Art Book Fair is co-organised yearly with Sara Blosseville (Fétiche editions).

Utopias Lahti x The Temporary Bookshelf
10/05/2023 - 04/06/2023

The Temporary Bookshelf was the official bookshop of Utopias Lahti Festival and organised an art book fair during 20th and 21th of May.

During the Fair, seasonal book launches celebrated more than 14 new releases.

In addition, 4 panel of discussions related to publishing and its practices were part of the book fair programme.

Children’s Saturday: Let’s make a book!


Workshop for children at Sarjakuvakeskus (Helsinki Comic Center).

During the workshop, an introduction to small books called zines was organised. Zines are stories told with few pages, drawn and written with a relaxed and fun style.

For the workshop,
The Temporary Bookshelf has picked a selection of funny, touching, weird and cute zines from their shelves. 

“Let’s tell a story, together or alone, by drawing, cutting-and-gluing or using copy machine.”

The workshop was held in English and Finnish.
Frosty December Book Fair
09/12/2022 - 11/12/2022

Bookfair at Duotone Photography Studio.

The Temporary Bookshelf gathered the work of over 50 authors and publishers for a cozy December weekend around artist books with many freshly out-of-the-press publications, rounds of artist talks including Oscar Chan Yik Long (Bored Wolves), Sezgin Boynik (Rab-Rab Press), Tuukka Kaila, Jessie Bullivant, James Prevett (Rooftop Press), Noora Dadu & Heidi Backström (TUA Kirjasto) and a reading room with a soundscape by Yoichi Kamimura.

Drinks were kindly provided by Perso Soda, The Good Guys Kombucha and Kakola Brewing.

Books with pictures

Books With Pictures was a selection of art publications and printed matter curated for TTB by Kadri-Ann Kivisild at Enne Galleria.

Among others, the selection included a photobook consisting of 526 iPhone photographs, a zine of people with signs and a series of postcards with collages of real estate advertisements from Eastern Estonia. 

The artists presented were Rosie Marks, Erlend Peder Kvam and Jules Janssen.

Drinks were kindly provided by Vallilan Panimo.
Seasonal book launches

The Autumn seasonnal book launches celebrated the newest publications from 8 local/international independent publishers, artists, and designers 
at Kalasataman Seripaja.

This season’s exciting launch included ISLA Journal #3, Almost All the Flowers in My Mother’s Garden by Hilla Kurki, Khaos Publishing, Enlichened by Jan Konsin and Anna Jaatinen, Recycle, Kontour #10, bie bao series, volume 1 and From Scratch, Albanian Summer Picaresque by Rab Rab Press, Farewell, Claw! by Juho Taavitsainen & Sakari Tervo, Rooftop Press, Vantaanjoki puhuu by Kati Ruohomäki, The Realm of Dreams by Jaakko
Taming a wild tongue
11/08/2022 - 12/08/2022

A selection of books was curated for Laura Cemin’s HIAP (Helsinki International Art Program) open studio. 

The open studio focused on Laura Cemin and Bianca Hisse’s book launch “Taming a wild tongue” and the curated books from The Temporary Bookshelf. nt/hiap-open-studios-summer-2022