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Taking form, making worlds : cartonera publishers in Latin America

Lucy Bell (Author), Alex Flynn (Author), Patrick O'Hare (Author)
"Cartoneras are community-based publishing collectives that make low-cost books out of waste materials in contexts where paperbacks can cost over a month's minimum wage. The first of its kind, Eloísa Cartonera, was born in Buenos Aires in the aftermath of the 2001 economic crisis. As many families lost work, many turned to other ways of supporting their families by picking through trash for objects to recycle, including cardboard. The founding members of Eloísa began to buy cardboard from these cartoneras with the idea of using it to create hand-painted books (typically priced for the middle class and higher in Latin America) at an affordable price. Cartoneras have their own specific aesthetics, much like zines in the US and Europe, while also finding ways to experiment with, and potentially break down, some social markers between and social institutions and systems"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2022
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University of Texas Press, Austin, 2022
xvi, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
9781477324950, 9781477324967, 147732495X, 1477324968
Histories : tracing trajectories of resistance
Methods : trans-formal research for transformational practice
Texts : cartonera literature in action
Encounters : existence as resistance and sites of plurality
Workshops : cardboard and the material sociality of practice
Exhibitions : an artistic proposition to reorder the social