Showcasing independent bookmakers and publishers from the region and around the world, Focal Point, Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual art book fair, offers a compelling selection of printed material by artist presses, bookmakers, self-publishers and non-commercial cultural producers, as well as artist-made products.
This edition features a curated selection of resources on Palestine and global liberation struggles, a Risograph live print station in partnership with Fikra Design Studio, and graphic novels and manga curated by Kinokuniya, the UAE’s largest book retailer. Also included are workshops on reading, libraries and zine making as well as releases of new books published by the Foundation.
The sixth edition of the fair will be held in Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, a heritage house in Sharjah’s historical arts quarter.
Books from art and independent publishers from around the world.
89books (Palermo), Afrikaada (Paris/Dakar), Bad Student (Manila), Bao Books (Tunis), BANGKOK CITYCITY GALLERY (Bangkok), Binatang Press (Jakarta), Cairo Art Book Fair (Cairo), Cráter Invertido (Mexico City), ElHarf Publications (Amman), MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (São Paulo), Michalis Pichler (Berlin), Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book and Fair (Berlin), Mkuki Na Nyoti (Dar es Salaam), Nepal Picture Library (Kathmandu), Panther's Paw Publications (Nagpur), Primary Information (New York), Recreo: Valencia Art Book Fair (Valencia), Savvy Contemporary (Berlin), shashasha (Tokyo), SOCCOCHICO (London/Geneva), Suburbia Projects (Petaling Jaya), Tara Books (Chennai), Temporary Press (Singapore), Think Tanger (Tangier), Vasl Artists’ Association (Karachi), Waraq (Beirut), Zine Coop (Hong Kong)
A selection of art journals, magazines, comics and special interest books.
421 Arts Campus (Abu Dhabi), Afterall (London), Al Hayya Magazine (Beirut/Delaware), Artbook / D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers (New York), Barjeel Art Foundation (Sharjah), bin atiah studio (Riyadh), Black Dog Press (London), Blaft Publications (Chennai), Can Can Press (Mexico City), Carbon12 (Dubai), Diwan Egypt (Cairo), Emirates Fine Arts Society (Sharjah), Gulf Photo Plus (Dubai), Hanoot Store (Baghdad), Idea Books (Amsterdam), Inga Books (Chicago), Jacana Media (Auckland), Kalimat Foundation (Sharjah), Kaph Books (Beirut), Kawon Bookstore (Madaba), Litmus Press (New York), Locale (Abu Dhabi), Machi Mashy (Cairo/Rabat), Maraya Art Centre / 1971 Design Space (Sharjah), Mauzoun Writing & Publishing (Jeddah), Middle East Archive (Amsterdam), Misk Art Institute / Rizzoli: The Art Library (Riyadh), Mizna (Saint Pauls), Moniker Press (Vancouver), Dr. Noha Farran (Sharjah), NYUAD al Mawrid Arab Centre for the Study of Art (Abu Dhabi), Pangolin Studio (Zagreb), Raking Leaves (Colombo), Saqi Books (London), Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority (Sharjah), Sienna Store (Cairo), Sternberg Press (London), Tashkeel (Dubai), te editions (Hong Kong), The Third Line (Dubai), The Chutney Magazine (London), The Funambulist (Paris)
Books made by the local arts community—cultural institutions, publishers and non-profit government cultural entities—as well as printed matter, illustrations, zines, comics, photography, stationery and screenprints produced by independent artists and booths by local retailers.
Cultural Organisations and Book Retailers
Sharjah Art Foundation, Art Jameel, Kinokuniya, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, The Africa Institute
A Victorian Clown, Alreem Almannaei, Aysha Al Hamrani, Bayan Samman, Darrel Perkins, Eman AlRaeesi, Fatima Alketbi, Fatima Bahya Assalam, Halo, Hari, Hessa Almarzooqi, Hessa Alzarooni, Hyper House Publishing / Ahmad Makia, Lubna Aziz Omar, Maged Abbas, Mahnoor Bari, Mai Ayman Awwad, Maitha Al Omaira, Mariam Abdullah Al Ali, Mathalan, Medyyah Altamimi, Mitali Sampat, Mohammad Assaad Alhussaini, Mohammed Ameer, Morvarid Mohammad, Mouza Al Hamrani, Natalie Najjar, Noor Al Khamiri, Rasha Dakkak, Sana Haroon Abdulmajeed, Sara Al Khayyal, Shahed Shashaa, Shoug Tariq AlHeloo, Sohaib Nasir, Sondos Eatamadi, SWALIF Collective, Tawfik, Thalath x Mouza, The Noor Creative, Waggish