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2010年に東京を拠点に設立されたアートブック専門のディストリビューター。ヨーロッパを中心に海外出版社の国内総合代理店として書籍の流通やプロモーションに加え、関連作家の展覧会企画や来日イベントなど数多くのプロジェクトを手掛ける。 日本芸術写真協会(Fine-Art Photography Association)及び「TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR」のコミッティーメンバーを務める他、Dover Street Market Ginza 7F「BIBLIOTHECA」の共同キュレーションを手掛ける。2020年5月、南青山に「SKWAT/twelvebooks」をオープン。

Website: https://www.twelve-books.com/

 

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twelvebooks の新スペース「SKWAT/twelvebooks」は、日本で1回目の緊急事態宣言(2020年4月〜5月)の最中に準備が進めれ、その解除と共にオープンしました。スペース準備を進めながら、コロナ禍 / アフターコロナにおけるアートスペースの在り方や役割などを改めて考え直していた中、「2020Solidarity by Between Bridges」への参加の機会を頂き、本プロジェクトが生み出すグローバル規模での支援の輪や広がりに大きな感動とインスピレーションを受けました。本プロジェクトを通じて、直接的(ポスター購入者)にも間接的(本プロジェクトに参加したスタッフやアーティストなど)にも ”繋がり” の重要性や可能性を感じ、現在の twelvebooks での様々なプログラム計画においても本プロジェクトでの経験が大きく影響しています。また、常に自分たちが社会や世の中に対して何が出来るかを積極的に考え、アクションを起こす大切さも改めて感じさせてもらうきっかけにもなりました。このような機会を提供してくれた Wolfgang Tillmans、Between Bridges のスタッフ、アーティストの皆さまに感謝します。

 

 

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twelvebooks is a Japan-based distributor which is founded in 2010. We works with international independent publishers to distribute and promote publications on contemporary art and photography. With respect to each publisher's individuality, concept and passion, twelvebooks helps to market the publications in Japan and throughout the rest of Asia. twelvebooks is committee member of Fine-Art Photography Association (FAPA) and TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR. twelvebooks co-curates a book store, 'BIBLIOTHECA' at Dover Street Market Ginza. twelvebooks opens a space, 'SKWAT/twelvebooks' in May, 2020.

Website: https://www.twelve-books.com/

 

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We began preparations for opening our new space, named SKWAT/twelvebooks, during Japan’s first state of emergency (April-May 2020) and opened at around the time the emergency order was lifted. As we were preparing for opening, we spent a lot of time reconsidering the role and the place of art spaces in a COVID- and post-COVID world. It was right around that time that we got the chance to participate in the 2020Solidarity by Between Bridges project; we were moved and inspired by how the initiative provided a global network of support and expansion. The campaign reminded us of the importance and the potential of connection, which we felt both in a direct sense (via those who bought the posters) and in an indirect sense (with all the different staff members and artists who participated in the project). Having this chance to take part has also had a major impact on the various projects we’re working on at twelvebooks. Through 2020Solidarity, we were reminded of how important it is to constantly and actively consider what we can do to make the world a better place – and to translate that into concrete action. We are so grateful for Wolfgang Tillmans, the Between Bridges staff, and participating artists for allowing us the chance to take part.