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In “Sans Coleur”, Félicité Landrivon addresses the notion of “threshold” and how it applies to her professional practice, not only through the aesthetic dimension (through the use of strong contrasts) but also metaphysically, the poster being a gateway to a space-time, a stage, a collective experience.

Félicité Landrivon (1989) began to dedicate himself to graphic design after his long involvement in the DIY music scene in Lyon, his hometown, which led him to design countless concert posters. She now collaborates with bands and labels internationally and also develops visual identities for cultural institutions while remaining committed to more alternative and difficult to classify projects. Félicité also runs Ventoline, a music magazine written and illustrated by women, and publishes several limited edition fanzines.


The world is drawn, composed, published and distributed in the work of Francesc Ruiz, critically occupying the spaces of printed capitalism. The expanded comic, the informational architectures of kiosks, manga porntopias, the printernet of cities or contemporary logistics are some of the places of intervention from where he has been developing his work for the last 20 years.

His installations have been shown in different national and international art centers and museums: EACC (Castelló), CA2M (Madrid), IVAM (València), MACBA (Barcelona), Gasworks (London), FRAC PACA (Marseille), Weserburg Museum (Bremen) and in biennials such as Venice 2015, Götteborg 2017, Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway in 2019, Busan Biennial, South Korea, 2020 or Triennale de Dunkerque in 2023.


The book gathers the complete trajectory of the artist Alfredo Ruiz in the world of the fallas, with photographs of historical archive and inventory of the exposed material. There are also unpublished reflections of the author about the sculpture ‘Bosc geomètric’ that articulated the exhibition and burned in the esplanade of the museum.

In addition, the book also includes the research text by curator Ricardo Ruíz, as well as other critical essays on the artist’s work by Nuria Enguita, Anna Ruiz, Álvaro de los Ángeles, Alejandro Lagarda, Albert Ferrer, Romà de la Calle and Vicent Borrego. It is a publication designed by the curators of the exhibition, Ricardo Ruiz and Daniel Escobedo (ALTRE).

Participating in the presentation: Nuria Enguita, Anna Ruiz, Álvaro de los Ángeles, Alejandro Lagarda, Albert Ferrer, Ricardo Ruíz, Daniel Escobedo and Alfredo Ruiz.

Alfredo Ruiz (València, 1944), is an artist who has developed his work uninterruptedly between 1968 and 2002 and occasionally until 2023, always in contact with the public space. His career is essential to understand the so-called “experimental” fallas today.


The book gathers a series of unpublished collages arranged as a sequence, where the images disappear, revealing in turn others. A game of layers where new relationships and frictions are generated around themes such as urban drift, the relationship between matter and representation or mutant identities.

The book includes texts by the exhibition curator Nuria Enguita, as well as independent curators Jon Uriarte and Àngels Miralda. This book, designed by Jaime del Corro, is a hybrid publication: between an artist’s book and an exhibition catalog.

Participating in the presentation: Alberto Feijóo, Jaime del Corro and Jon Uriarte.

Alberto Feijóo (Alicante, 1985) is a collector, accumulator, apprentice and visual artist interested in the field of photography and its relationship with other disciplines such as collage, installation, design and book publishing.


Coffee and toothpaste: the first two flavors of the morning. An apple and start, two subway connections and the perfumes mixed in the car intensify the taste of rain, concrete and semiotics. Every campaign contains a lot of semiology. Hummus for lunch, chicken breast for dinner, Zooms salad, Meets and words by the studio, warm hands, drawings and multimedia. The world is one and all the flavors of all the cities happen at the same time, especially when a studio crosses several time zones at once. In this performative talk, we will acknowledge the existence of multiple truths and invite storytelling to nurture the nature of the ingredients that make up our visual diet and the nature of our dishes.

The Royal Studio is a collaborative project that challenges the performative and literary practice of design by instrumentalizing it as an artistic discourse. Their practice operates between the boundaries of identity, corporate media and authorship in multimedia arts and communication design. The Royal designs with alternative words to graphics, tells stories through strategy and builds campaigns that are designed as a consequence. Driven by experience and performance, The Royal is an artistic entity that advances within the creative frontiers of design.

Its founder João Castro is a member of the International Academy of Arts & Science, member of We Came From Space, researcher and teacher at ESAD University of Arts + Design Matosinhos, speaker at PG Information Design Design and Illustration and Digital Animation at ESAD Arts + Design University of Arts + Design Matosinhos, Researcher at ESAD-IDEA, Founder and Designer of The Royal Studio (2010), Founder and Designer of the former Studio Degrau (2017-2019) and multimedia artist in self-initiated projects.


Double presentation of the publications “Ninguna Fantasía” and “Cinco Elementos” with the respective authors Sandra Mar and Cris Bartual. In the talk will also be present the publishing house Handshake and the Italian publisher DITO Publishing (co-publisher of Cris Bartual’s book).

Ninguna Fantasía compiles the work of the Valencian artist and ceramist Sandra Mar. The book explores her process through a series of photographs of everyday life, her work in the workshop and selected pieces. Also included in this publication are drawings and poems that she uses as a starting point for hand modeling with clay. A mixture between the diary and the archive that serve to delve into the thoughts and the universe behind these pots and other objects.

In “Five Elements” by Cris Bartual. Each element has its own laws and exists in different proportions within the other. These aggregate and mix with each other, creating a universe, a system that is defined by its variety and heterogeneity. The artist Cris Bartual collects evocative and tangible manifestations of the elements, creating a compendium of natural phenomena and matter.


Rosario Castellanos used to say that literature is a game whose rules are invented and established at each new game and govern only as long as that game lasts. We can apply her words to different artistic practices, such as writing or editing, and propose other games in which the self, individual authorship, ownership and originality are no longer central. This talk-conversation has the desire to suggest other politics of doing where it becomes possible to think, research, write, publish, know and not know in a joint and accompanied way.

Valeria Mata is a social anthropologist. She writes and researches on the intersections between artistic practices and anthropology, the political and cultural dimension of food, and the social imaginaries of travel. She has published plagie, copie, manipule, robe, reescribir este libro (2018) and Todo lo que se mueve (2020). In 2021 he edited Comer relaciona (and confronts) mundos.


“Feeding Back the Print” is an audiovisual performance that starts with an attempt to reproduce an electric guitar, which initiates a sound dialogue between the instrument itself and the photocopier. This conversation is fed by the mechanical sounds that the reproduction process itself generates, resulting in a signal degradation loop. On the other hand, the performance directly involves the public in a collective exchange from which a unique editorial piece will emerge as a result of the performance.

Born in 1979 in Doboj, Yugoslavia – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sergej Vutuc currently lives and works between Heilbronn, Rakalj and Paris. “In Sergej’s works, the machine is used as a tool rather than celebrated as a technique: photocopiers become musical instruments and noise becomes publications or meets the visual through its connection with Super 8 and 16mm film. Free of constraints, the facets of each fragmented medium are recomposed into an absolute whole. The resulting publications bear the mark of their most direct existence, visible through handwritten titles, spontaneously closing and thus defining the circle.”

-Aymeric Nocus


This year Recreo Valencia Art Book Fair will celebrate its fourth edition in the Sala 16 Toneladas.

23:59h Doors opening
01:00h Sonido Ordeno
02:00h Maquita B2B Falsetto
03:00h Chilbi



Presentation of the second publication of Recreo Art Books edited for the occasion of the fair. The Social Life of the Book is a research on contemporary publishing practices in collaboration with the editor Sara Arroyo (Tambourine).

Throughout the publication, we seek to answer a series of questions that allow us to decipher the structure of book distribution in the context of independent publishing. Through the testimony of publishers, bookstores, fairs, collectors, libraries, projects and hybrid profiles, a journey is generated through the different spaces that books inhabit once they have been published, as well as the different dynamics to which they are subject.


The creation process of Por culpa de una flor will serve as a starting point to talk about practical issues, such as the challenges of working on projects that last for years, and also about the concerns, fears and inspirations behind the decision to work on a book or any other artistic creation.

María Medem, began to self-publish her comics after studying Fine Arts in Seville, where she was born and lives. She published her first full-length comic with Terry Bleu, a small Dutch publisher. He has participated in anthologies such as NOW (Fantagraphics), Cold Cube (Cold Cube Press) and Clubhouse (Colorama), and has also collaborated and continues to collaborate with different fanzines. She published Cenit in 2018 with Apa-Apa, with which she won the prize for best new author at the 37th Barcelona Comic Fair and the ACDComic critics’ award for best emerging author. She has also published Echos with the French publisher Fidèle Editions. She has done illustrations for media such as the New Yorker and the New York Times, or for production companies such as A24. He has also made animations for musicians such as Rival Consoles or Hermanos Gutiérrez. His latest comic, Por culpa de una Flor, was published in February 2023 by Apa-Apa Còmics and Blackie Books and will be translated into French in 2023 by Rackham Editions and into English in 2024 by Drawn & Quarterly.


El verano de Camus is an exercise in re-signification based on the first edition (Alianza Editorial, 1996) of the Spanish translation of L’été, the autobiographical essay by Albert Camus published by Gallimard in 1954. In El verano de Camus, the words sky, blue, water, waves and sea, as traces of an improbable, almost mythological summer, articulate a body of water that drags the reader and involves her in a game of cadences, rhythms and densities that -evidence and- redefines the use made of them in the original text.


Ren Hang was a Chinese photographer known for his controversial images exploring sexuality and identity in modern society. In 2017, at the age of 29, he committed suicide in Berlin, leaving his followers and the artistic community in shock.

We discover his work as a poet, hitherto unpublished in Spanish, with La fiesta terminará, an emotional journey through obsession, despair, sexuality and existential crises. Two hundred poems that bring us closer to the most intimate and profound part of Ren (1987-2017).

We are launching the new online store of the Recreo Valencia Art Book Fair. Now you can browse and purchase a wide selection of Recreo products related to the editions held to date.

This year’s Recreo identity takes as its starting point the typography used in “Les Trobes en Lahors de la Verge Maria”. The book, printed by Lambert-Palmart in 1474, is considered one of the first texts reproduced in Spain using the printing press developed by Johannes Gutenberg.

From the digitized version of the original book, the designer and typographer Javier Unknos carried out a study of the skeleton of the characters to subsequently create a complete alphabet that maintained the DNA of the typography while transferring it to a contemporary aesthetic.

Inspired by the irregularities present in the printing of lead type, Javier designed a secondary weight of typography, in which errors are pushed to the limit and speculated with their digital analogues.

The result: a variable two-weight typography, which like the original book, plays with the limits of the technology available in its context.

The second publication edited by Recreo Art Books consists of a research on contemporary publishing practices in collaboration with editor Sara Arroyo (Tambourine).

The Social Life of the Book” seeks to answer a series of questions that allow us to decipher the structure of book distribution in the context of independent publishing. Through the testimony of publishers, bookstores, fairs, collectors, libraries, projects and hybrid profiles, a journey is generated through the different spaces that books inhabit once they have been published, as well as the different dynamics to which they are subject.

A bilingual publication (Spanish and Valencian), with texts and images from more than 20 participants from all over the world. Available during the fair at the Recreo stand and on the web in digital format for free download.

The new edition of Recreo VABF will be held on October 20, 21, and 22 2023 at the IVAM—Centre Julio González, in the El Carmen neighborhood. This year the fair has a total of 65 exhibitors who will travel to Valencia to share their independent publishing projects.


Opening times:
Friday 20 → 16:00 to 20:00
Saturday 21 → 11:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00
Sunday 22 → 11:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00


The objective of Recreo is to create a space for exchange, production, and representation; to participate in the cultural dynamization of our environment; and to support the development of an international network of creatives. Through the event we seek to decentralize the focus on European design and cover new languages of contemporary creation, helping to strengthen the circuit of art book fairs in less-positioned Mediterranean countries.

Organizers: Asociación Recreo Art Books + IVAM – Centre Julio González
Management: May Ibañez
Web development: Aurora Saseta
Networks and communication: Sara Moreno
Graphics: Santanasantana and Handshake
Typography: Recreo Font by Javier Unknos


Thanks to all the people who have collaborated so that Recreo could take place.


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