ICA LA’s Bookshelf Residency program invites local booksellers and independent publishers to expand their footprint with a residency on the museum’s bookshelves. A presentation of unique titles are available for sale and each partner works with the museum’s Learning & Engagement department to produce a series of public programs.
For 2021-2022, ICA LA invites two unique publishers: Gato Negro, based in Mexico City, and Phoneme Media, based in San Francisco and an imprint of Deep Vellum Books.
Gato Negro Ediciones
Building on the legacy of radical independent publishing in Mexico, Gato Negro Ediciones, founded by designer León Muñoz Santini in Mexico City in 2013, has published over 170 books exploring the intersections of art, literature, and radical thought. Printed primarily on risograph and featuring the press’ iconic design, Gato Negro’s politically-engaged catalogue now includes the feminist imprint Miau!, edited by Andrea García Flores.
Founded by poet and translator Shook in Los Angeles in 2013, Phoneme has since published award-winning translations from over 30 languages, with a special emphasis on underrepresented literatures from around the world, including the first ever book-length translations from Isthmus Zapotec, Lingala, and Uyghur. Today an imprint of Deep Vellum Publishing, Phoneme's catalogue features primarily poetry, with recent and forthcoming books from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Curação, Cypress, Haiti, and Rojava.
November 21 at 3pm
Book Talk: PAJAROS INVISIBLE(S) BIRDS!>:* SINGING SILENTLY REFLECTING CANTANDO;)
What does it mean? Léon Muños Santini of Gato Negro and Shook of Phoneme Media will tells us. Join the founders of Gato Negro, CDMX, and Phoneme Media, San Francisco, for a conversation about independent book publishing, translations, and their collaboration around art and literature. This event marks the launch of ICA LA’s latest Bookshelf Residency. Moderated by Asuka Hisa, Director of Learning & Engagement, ICA LA.
Past Bookshelf Residents:
- LA Libreria: A Los Angeles-based Spanish language children’s book store that encourages literacy for Spanish speakers and the community.
- Marfa Book Company: Based in Marfa, TX, this bookstore sells and publishes books, produces an array of public programs and festivals.
- Other Books: Based in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, Other Books sells used and new books with a mission to forefront authors of color and the POC experience.