MA Student, Art History, Concordia University, Montreal
2011 – BA Fine Arts, Specialization in Theory, Zurich University of the Arts
Corinn Gerber is an editor and publisher, co-founder of Passenger Books, former Director of Art Metropole (Toronto), Head of the Bookstore at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), Head of Distribution and Responsible for Artists’ Editions at Koenig publishers (Cologne), and Deputy Manager of Zurich’s Women’s Bookstore.
Her research reads the practices and methodologies of locally situated feminist print and digital productions through contemporary arts publication theories entwined with cybernetic systems thinking and intersectional and decolonial theories, to undertake an expansion and redefinition of the artist’s book. This approach takes into account the transformations of forms of subjectivity, and subsequently citizenship, which the artist’s book generates. From historical case studies such as the Libreria delle Donne di Milano and the Montreal-based La théorie, un dimanche, via contemporary examples including that of Martine Syms’s Dominica Publishing and a constellation of Turkish and Kurdish magazines published since the 1970s, the practices in question give form to modes of belonging that do not aspire to a new universal counter-narrative, but are shaped by the experience and conditions of everyday life. In doing so, they produce figures of the vernacular that aim at remaining elusive to the direct representation of personhood.