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Research Network: Archipelagos in Reverse

Talk An introduction to STUART publishing: Bootlegging / blood letting Rose Nordin, Priya Jay and Amrita Dhallu

22 Apr 2021

In this talk, artist and graphic designer Rose Nordin introduces the practical and conceptual role of STUART publishing platform and design studio at iniva, through mapping relationships to the gallery and the work of STUART Hall. The studio introduction will lead to more specific enquiry into access and distribution of published material.

The conversation with Priya Jay and Amrita Dhallu, co-editors of the first issue of STUART, explores modes of distribution, circulation and access to printed matter and the shifting potential of the publication after print. The vital and transformative roles of bootlegging/book piracy will be discussed in addition to the ongoing potential of annotation and footnoting.


Rose Nordin is a graphic designer and artist in residence at Somerset House Studios, London. She is a founding member of OOMK (One of my Kind) art publishing collective — focused on supporting self-publishing as “a vehicle to an independent validation to ones’ own culture, history, politics and sense of self” [John La Rose]. Collectively OOMK runs community Risographpress  Rabbits Road Press. Rose functions independently as an artist and graphic designer with an emphasis on publishing as creative and social practice. She produces publications and printed matter, often embedded in educational projects, research residencies or exhibitions. Rose has a focused interest in typography books as sites of  collaboration and the book as an object of representation.  

Priya Jay is a writer and faciliator. Her practice is led by questions of literacies, embodiment, sustenance and liberation: through the body, the page, the land and the archive. Her work comes together as printed matter, objects, meals and grief gatherings.

Amrita Dhallu is a curator and researcher based in London. She provides support structures for emerging British artists through commissioning, editorial projects, creating artistic networks and intergenerational learning spaces. Her current research examines ‘care’, spatial politics and ethno-futurist discourse within exhibition-making. She is Assistant Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she co-curated Lubaina Himid’s monographic exhibition (2021-2).

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