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Eneka Fernández

Self-publishing lab

Year of birth: 1977 Field: Photography City: Wrocław

Eneka Fernández was born in San Sebastián. She earned her master's degree in art history in Barcelona, where she also discovered her love for independent publishing, working in the La Central bookshop. Years of selecting zines, discovering self-published books and meetings with their authors led her to create the Fanzinant platform. In 2015, Fernández returned to San Sebastián to become the coordinator of the Ubik – Creative Library programme at the International Centre for Contemporary Art Tabakalera. Recently, with the support of the Basque Country’s Government, she also published her own book “Terranova” with photographs of icebergs, which her father, a naval mechanic, took at sea.

In 2019, part of the summer edition of the AIR Wro programme is dedicated to the phenomenon of self-publishing. During her residency in Wrocław, Fernández, along with two other artists – Raisa Álava and Irène Mélix – gets to know initiatives, organisations and artists active in this field.

On July 9th, TIFF Center will also host a meeting “People, places, stories”, during which she will talk about photographic books, zines and other self-publications gathered in her collection. One of them is, for example, a series of photographs by Jonás Bel, showing the legendary bar in Madrid, El Palentino, and its visitors. What connects the books in the Fernández collection is the dimension of their stories, which are often personal and moving because they tell about people, places, journeys and objects. During the meeting, Fernández will also talk about the authors of publications, places and initiatives that create the Wrocław self-publishing scene and more.



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