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PRESS RELEASE 24.04.2019


Exhibition by Lugemik Publishing, international symposium and book fair at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (ETDM)



Published by Lugemik. Printed matter from 2010–2019

18 May – 1 September 2019

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (ETDM)

Exhibition opening on Friday 17 May at 5pm


The exhibition Published by Lugemik. Publications from 2010–2019 presents for the first time all the titles published by Lugemik in the last decade. The 81 exhibited publications include artists’ books, monographs, exhibition catalogues, theatre texts, readers and other printed matter such as posters, postcards, zines etc. 


The aim of the exhibition is to create and broaden our understanding concerning the peculiarities of graphic design and art publishing and their significance at various levels. This time, the exhibition focuses on a publisher. Lugemik has been active in the Estonian art field for about ten years. They have remarkably defined the forms of presentation of contemporary art and design using the tools and language of contemporary graphic design and have actively presented these fields also in the international art scene.


As an independent art publisher, Lugemik has mapped a large part of the Estonian contemporary art and design landscape through numerous collaborations with artists, designers, theorists and cultural institutions. The exhibition focuses on the translation of an artwork into a reproducible object as a method for book-making, reflecting on topics related to publishing a book, such as graphic design, contemporary methods for art reproduction, and various forms of collaboration.


The center of the exhibition is formed by a selection of artworks from books published by Lugemik, which along with the publications, provides an overview of how various two- and three-dimensional works, text-based works and performances are translated into book format. Works by the following artists and designers are exhibited: Merike Estna, Dénes Farkas, Flo Kasearu, Knock! Knock! Books, Paul Kuimet, Marge Monko, Kadri Noormets & Asia Baś, Tõnis Saadoja, Jaanus Samma, Anna-Stina Treumund, Anu Vahtra, Ranno Ait, Jaan Evart, Mikk Heinsoo, Ott Kagovere, Tuomas Kortteinen, Else Lagerspetz & Loore Sundja, Ott Metusala, Ronald Pihlapson, Indrek Sirkel, Jan Tomson.


An extensive catalogue will be published alongside the exhibition, with contributions by the design critic and curator Kristina Ketola Bore (NO), researcher and PhD student in the history of art at Yale University, Mia Kang (US), artist, librarian and publisher Lieven Lahaye (BE), initiators of Knock! Knock! Books Else Lagerspetz & Loore Sundja (EE). In addition, the catalogue will include a selection of texts, previously published in different Lugemik books.


7–8 June, an international art publishing symposium and a book fair will take place at the exhibition, where more than 20 art and culture publishers will participate from around the world. In addition, a number of workshops intended for children and youth as well as public guided tours will take place at the exhibition.


Lugemik is an independent publishing initiative based in Tallinn, Estonia, founded in 2010 by graphic designer Indrek Sirkel and artist Anu Vahtra. In collaboration with different artists, designers and theorists, Lugemik has published 81 titles to date. In 2013, Lugemik opened its first bookshop on the premises of the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) and in 2017, its second location in collaboration with and in the premises of Tallinn Art Hall. In 2018, Lugemik was joined by graphic designer Ott Kagovere.


The Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design is open to the general public and in particular welcomes those with a specialist interest in applied art and design. The museum collects, preserves and displays local design and applied art, organises international exhibitions and introduces the multifaceted nature of these fields.



Exhibition concept: Indrek Sirkel & Anu Vahtra

Exhibition design: Kaisa Sööt

Graphic design: Indrek Sirkel & Ott Kagovere

ETDM team: Kai Lobjakas, Ketli Tiitsar, Toomas Übner, Sandra Sirp

Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tallinn City Council, Estonian Academy of Arts



Symposium and book fair

Making Public and Publics: Art Publishing in Context

7–8 June 2019

Free admission!


Through its various panels, lectures and performances, Making Public and Publics: Art Publishing in Context will explore questions concerning capital, economical models, precarious labour in art and design publishing as well as focus on political publishing, and issues such as identity, decolonisation and queerness. The symposium aims to highlight the privilege and power inherent in the act of making something public by gathering a variety of international publishers, bookshops and cultural workers.


The fair and the symposium welcome people within the field as well as a wider public, who are generally interested in graphic design, the meticulously curated selections by independent publishers and contemporary art publishing.


Friday, 7 June


Opening of symposium and book fair, featuring all participating publishers and performances by designer and artist Tatjana Stürmer (DE), ;paranoia publishing group ltd. (EE), and independent curator and art worker Margit Säde (EE/CH).

Saturday, 8 June



A curated programme of panel discussions, lectures, presentations and book presentations:

10am Panel: “Publishing and Bookshoping”. Moderator: Benjamin Thorel (After 8 Books). Panellists: Andrea Cudolo and Giacomo Covacich (Bruno), Indrek Sirkel and Anu Vahtra (Lugemik)

11.30am Presentation: Fifth edition of the magazine Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art. Sezgin Boynik (Rab-Rab Press)

12pm Lecture: “Independent Publishing and the Risograph”. Paul John (Endless Editions)

2pm Lecture: “Trying Desperately to Finish (Each Other’s Sentences)”. Hardworking Goodlooking 

3.30pm Panel: “Precarious Labour, Networks, Economy”. Moderator: Laura Toots. Panellists: Sarah van Binsbergen (Valiz), Airi Triisberg

5pm Presentation: “Directions to My House” by Zarina Hashmi and Sarah Burney presented by Anthony Tino (Fully Booked)

6pm Panel: “Feminist Publishing and Publications”. Moderator: Marge Monko. Panellists: Maryam Fanni ja Matilda Flodmark (MMS), Sara Kaaman (MMS/Girls Like Us), Jessica Gysel (Girls Like Us), Liz Allan


Please note that the programme is subject to change.


Participating publishers: After 8 Books (FR), Bazar Art Book Fair (IR), Bruno (IT), Colorama (DE) & Stefanie Leinhos (DE), EFA RBPMW Riso Room / Endless Editions (US), Fully Booked (UAE), Girls Like Us (BE), Hardworking Goodlooking (NL/PH/US), Knock! Knock! Books (EE), Knust Press (NL), Lodret Vandret (DK), MMS (SE), Onomatopee (NL), Paranoia (EE), Paul Paper & Friends (LT), Rab-Rab Press (FI), Rollo Press (CH), Rooftop Press (FI), Sternberg Press (DE), Valiz (NL)


Making Public and Publics: Art Publishing in Context is curated by Sandra Nuut (EE) and Kristina Ketola Bore (NO).


The event is supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Embassy of Sweden in Tallinn


For more information:




Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Lai 17, Tallinn

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