Kayla Romberger is a Philadelphia-based artist, designer, curator, and writer. In 2016, she co-founded Ulises, a bookshop and curatorial platform for artists’ books and independent publishing. Her work has been shown at Satellite Projects, Miami; the 4th Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju, S. Korea; BASE Beijing, China; MOCAD, Detroit; and the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, among others. Romberger’s work is held in the collections of The Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Missoula, MT; Common Press Archive, University of Pennsylvania; and Southern Graphics Council Archives, The University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, and currently serves as a lecturer at PennDesign. In 2017, Romberger received a Center Project grant to present Publishing As Practice, a residency program designed to explore publishing as an incubator for new forms of editorial, curatorial, and artistic practice.
Curator Kayla Romberger will present Publishing As Practice, a residency program designed to explore publishing as an incubator for new forms of editorial, curatorial, and artistic practice. Three experimental art publishers will activate the storefront space of Ulises bookshop in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. The shop will serve as a public programming hub throughout the residencies, hosting workshops and discussions and inviting the public to engage with the space and the visiting artists. The residency’s participants are: Los Angeles-based, interdisciplinary artist Martine Syms of publishing imprint Dominica; Clara Balaguer and Kristian Henson of Hardworking Goodlooking, the publishing arm of Philippines-based, social practice platform The Office of Culture and Design; and Negar Azimi and Tiffany Malakooti of Bidoun, an art and culture magazine focused on the Middle East. “These practitioners reveal that publishing is an activity in constant flux, one that continues to evolve and grow in the era of drag and drop, copy and paste,” says Romberger. The project will culminate in a publication featuring the work of all three residents.
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