Text by by Elizabeth Ruth Deyro Photos by Martina de Vera
We live in a painful irony: with each year’s passing comes a stronger call to reinforce decades-old attempts to assert progressive views, be it about gender politics or racial equality. Art, as a means to bridge the often-neglected connection of the personal and political realms of meaning, has long been considered as an effective means to address continuously relevant sociopolitical issues, and contemporary artists of various mediums--especially those producing art independently--strive to keep the legacy alive.
Text by Elizabeth Ruth Deyro; Photos by Martina de Vera
Having recently concluded its third edition on the 18th of May, Komura; Book Fair continues to prime itself as “a literary respite, a refuge for independent authors and artists who are not given the opportunity to share their works in mainstream platforms”. Giving the spotlight to women for this year’s run, Komura; brought together several creators from diverse fields, such as game development, film, performance, and publishing. The book fair is a collaborative project by Kwago Book Bar and Warehouse Eight in Makati.
A project by a new small press and curatorial platform Comma and independent bookstore Kwago, A Curated Shelf creates a space to understand the many ways we read, write and publish.To be launched at Komura; Book Fair on May 18, 3pm - 4pm, the second curated shelf will feature guest curator Ani Almario. Her selection of fifteen publications are children’s books that she would require her own kids to read.
On March 9, Art+ attended the book launch of 30 Days With Paulo by contemporary author Jel Tordesillas. 30 Days With Paulo is her first novel (of many we hope), and following the successful event, Jel Tordesillas was kind enough to answer our questions on how the novel came about, PaperKatBooks, her influences, and advice for fellow writers.
As told to Thomas Goldsmith
March 9 was a day of good vibes, inspiration, and kilig at Book and Borders Café as people of all ages gathered for the launch of the novel, 30 Days With Paulo. This is the first book of contemporary book writer, Jel Tordesillas. The event was hosted by Issa Villapando, student disk jockey of Monster Radio RX93.1.
Text and Photos by Marz Aglipay
Earlier this year Komura; brought us a book fair that catered to readers by offering curated selection of books. This time around, Komura's creators Kayla Dionisio and Czyka Tumaliuan has morphed Komura; into a forum without straying far from the interests of the community built around its book-fair edition which was held on 24 November at Warehouse Eight.
On October 27, 2018, writers, illustrators, educators, students and children’s literature enthusiasts gathered to attend the first Pista! (Pambansang Komperensiya sa Panitikang Pambata).
Komura; is back, but this time it’s not a book fair. In constant pursuit of its goal to help Filipino storytellers nurture their practices and explore the possibilities of literature and print, this upcoming Komura; is an intimate conference centered around conversations on the ins and outs of sustaining a career or venture within the burgeoning arts, tech and culture landscape.
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