Elisabeth Tonnard

Printing Plant Art Book Fair in Amsterdam

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From November 23 to 25 I’m participating in the first edition of the Printing Plant Art Book Fair. I’m sharing a table, or rather a vertical panel, with Joachim Schmid and will be bringing my most recent publications including Indirections, De wolk, The Plan, and one of the last two copies of the special edition of Song of Myself.

The fair is initiated and organised by Looiersgracht 60. The unique housing and history of Looiersgracht 60 is utilised to correspond to the etiquette of the fair. Prior to its current use as a not-for-profit exhibition centre for art, design and architecture, Looiersgracht 60 was home to a cardboard and paper factory that also printed pamphlets, posters, limited-editions and cards for artists and museums. The building thus has a long-standing connection with the artist community in Amsterdam, making it the ideal location for ‘Printing Plant’. By reiterating its past and previous function, Looiersgracht 60 conceives of a new platform for printed matter. Over 70 selected independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, galleries and printmakers will be showcasing their works.

Printing Plant is part of the official programme of Amsterdam Art Weekend 2018. The opening will take place on Friday November 23. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a programme of talks, book launches, performances, signings, and workshops for children.

More information is available here.

Opening hours:
Friday 23 November 12:00-21:00 (opening 17:00-21:00 with performance + live music)
Saturday 24 November 12:00-20:00
Sunday 25 November 12:00-20:00

Free Admission

Looiersgracht 60
1016 VT Amsterdam


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November 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm

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What was needed was a piece of pure fantasy.


Above are some installation photos of The Plan as exhibited at Noorderlicht House of Photography. The exhibition is part of the Week of the Artist Book in Groningen.

On view from October 13 to November 4 at Noorderlicht, Akerkhof 12, Groningen. Open Wednesdays-Sundays from 12.00 to 18.00. Admission is €4,- (€2,- for students).

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October 12, 2018 at 5:13 pm

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Week of the Artist Book + symposium


From October 13 to 20 the ‘Week of the Artist Book’ will take place in Groningen. It is organized by Stichting ARTisBOOK. During the week 25 galeries, museums, bookshops and cultural institutes will celebrate the artist book and its development from the 1960s to now through exhibitions, workshops, talks, signings etc. More information (in Dutch) about the week is available here.

Exhibition at Noorderlicht

As part of this week my work The Plan will be exhibited at Noorderlicht. Noorderlicht will also show work by Wil van Iersel, Jan van der Til, Anouk Kruithof, Carina Hesper en Jan Dirk van der Burg. This show will continue beyond the week, until November 4.

Location: Noorderlicht – Huis van de Fotografie, Akerkhof 12, Groningen.
Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays from 12.00 to 18.00.
Admission is €4,- (€2,- for students). Note: at the ARTisBOOKshop (see below) you can get free entree tickets.


On October 19 I’ll be a speaker at the ARTisBOOK symposium. This will take place at the university library of Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Detailed information is available in this pdf. The symposium is free to attend. Register here before October 12.

Exhibition at Academie Minerva

At Academie Minerva An Empty Field and Enduring Freedom will be shown in the exhibition ‘Provo! Fluxus! Verzet!’ curated by Barthold Boksem.
Location: Praediniussingel 59, Groningen.


During the week several of my titles will be for sale at the ARTisBOOKshop.
Location: Pelsterstraat 27-29, Groningen.
Tuesday-Saturday 10.00–18.00
Sunday and Monday 13.00–18.00
Thursday 10.00-20.00


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October 8, 2018 at 8:40 am

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A Young Gentleman in the attic


The Story of a Young Gentleman is back in stock for a limited time due to the discovery of a forgotten box (poor young gentleman!) in the attic.

Read more about the book here. The book is priced at €40,- Order through the webshop or through email.

There is a discussion of the book by Annette Gilbert in Textkünste, Buchrevolution um 1500, 2016 or (at the end of the pdf) in Reprint, Appropriation (&) Literature, Luxbooks, 2014.

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August 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm

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Poetry reading in Rotterdam

On May 17 the four nominees of the C. Buddingh’ poetry award will present their books at bookstore Van Gennep in Rotterdam. It’s a free event and it starts at 5 pm (note it will be in Dutch).

Op 17 mei presenteren de genomineerden voor de C. Buddingh’-prijs hun bundels in de tuin bij boekhandel Van Gennep in Rotterdam. Dit is vrij toegankelijk, en het begint om 17.00 uur. Met Dean Bowden, Radna Fabias, Elisabeth Tonnard en Arno Van Vlierberghe. En met interviews door Simone van Hulst. De uitreiking volgt op 31 mei tijdens Poetry International in Rotterdam.

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May 14, 2018 at 9:16 am

New work: Indirections


Indirections is a series of pamphlets that focus on the manoeuvring involved when things are presented to the public eye. Duplicitous language, selective filters, whether the deceptions of Soviet propaganda or the deceits that I find in my local newspaper (and they are surprisingly similar), bend and spin things that perhaps were never even straight to begin with. Each item in the series is a folded sheet containing a single found image and its caption. The caption is on the front, the image is hidden inside. By uncoupling them, the two elements are each given their own stage – as a result a new space opens up between them. In that space a small tragicomedy is played out.

There are now eight pamphlets published. This is not a closed set; more may be added to this series eventually and each pamphlet can function by itself. Each is an A3 sized sheet, folded to 14 x 29,7 cm and digitally printed on 300 gsm paper in an edition of 90 copies (not numbered).

Each pamphlet is priced at €7,50. If you like to order one or more pamphlets, you can use the webshop, or order by email. A flat fee for shipping applies. No matter how many pamphlets you order, shipping to The Netherlands is €5,- shipping to anywhere else is €10,-.

The pamphlets will be available at my table at Miss Read from May 4-6.

Below is an overview of the series and a peek at some images.

The children found a loving environment in this kindergarten built by Treptower communists on Kiefholzstraße.


There are always active goings-on at Neustädtischer Markt.


Everything that has been achieved here is the result of an alliance of science, engineering, and inspired toil by tens of thousands of enthusiasts.

Ankie Bergsma and Jannie de Jong have an eye for the latest trends.


Residents of Patrimoniumstraat 7 to 21 in Leerdam get a front garden as part of the project ‘People are the Neighborhood’.

Board member John Brouwer and architect Reinier Noordhof are delighted with the new Rehoboth.

Ilker Yilmaz: “I am really addressing the connective tissue.”


A (perhaps the) highlight of the show are Tonnie and Tootsie.


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May 2, 2018 at 9:13 am

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Miss Read in Berlin

I’ll be participating in Miss Read from May 4th to 6th. Works I’ll show include An Empty Field, The Plan and my new series Indirections.

The fair will take place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and will bring together a wide selection of 260+ publishers, art periodicals and artists/authors.
In conjunction, the sixth Conceptual Poetics Day will explore the imaginary border between visual art and literature.

Entrance to the fair is free.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Opening Hours
Friday 5-9pm // Opening party 9pm till late.
Saturday 12-7pm
Sunday 12-7pm

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April 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm

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