Melisa Boratyn is a curator, editor, and writer who specializes in visual arts. In 2016, she co-founded Ronda Editorial; a project focused on the promotion of Argentine art through the publication of art books. After working on the production of seven books as an editor, she opens to new challenges; we scoured her books for clues that reveal what is to come.
“The first titled, Xul para pintar, was published thanks to the support of María Basile and the generous collaboration of her grandmother Elena Montero Lacasa de Povarché, who ins charge of the Museo Xul Solar / Fundación Pan Klub, and allowed the use of the images of the Works of art.” After the publication of Xul Solar’s book, two more painting books followed, one dedicated to the late artist, Manuel Espinosa, and the other one to Nora Iniesta.
Both this first publication and Giorgga’s second book, finished recently despite the quarantine, were published in limited editions of 100 copies and hand screen-printed covers, to show support for the craftsmanship and bring the public closer to the artist’s usual methodologies.
“We did not seek to translate or compile his work, and Ale understood the project as one more available tool. An easy and friendly experience that synthesizes the path that he built ten years ago in the urban environment.”
Andrés Sobrino’s book focuses on the artist’s workshop, the materials, and trade, so it stays away from the traditional catalog concept. “Thanks to these ideas, we were able to get rid of certain characteristics that are expected from an artist’s book, many times focused on showing the final result and not the processes or the “behind the scenes”.
The publication is full of photographs that Andrés took of his workshop, a space that is always in constant movement, and it is accompanied by a text written as a dialogue that manages to unravel some assumptions related to Sobrino’s work. This book is also conceived as a collectible piece, an object that generates pleasure and transports you to a universe many times unknown. ”
Femininjas is the result of working together with Fátima Pecci Carou, a compilation of what was at that time her last series of paintings. It aims to reflect on issues such as feminism, a new analysis of history, the place that women occupy (or not) in the art world, and the private universe. These fictional characters, with an aesthetic from the Japanese anime, bring us closer to issues ignored for centuries. It includes a manifesto written by Cynthia Castoriano (SuzyQiú) and haikus by Laura Quesada that put into words what Fátima explores with her works. [Features: in this case, we printed 500 copies, in a comfortable size to hold in your hands, and as a unique detail, we added a sticker plate inside.]
“After three years, Ronda Editorial dissolved, and it was then when I understood that what I want to create is a plural project that goes beyond the concept of publishing and allows me to weave networks that involve artists, designers, curators, editors, and creative people. Regarding the central axis of this concept, I want to promote publications that highlight artists, historians, curators, women, and dissidents actively involved with the Argentine art scene from new perspectives.
Although I have no idea where we are going or what projects may be carried out in the future, the current moment of crisis and pause we are facing makes it exceedingly difficult to develop any plan. I feel that if we manage to rearrange resources and desire, we can achieve more things than the ones we imagine. Meanwhile, I do the exercise of looking, talking to artists, writing, sharing, and broadening my horizons. ”
The books can be acquired in Melisa Boratyn´s Instagram: @melisaboratyn and in the following independent libraries: La Capataza, Tienda Quorum, IDLB, Falena, Librería del Conti, Museo Marco, Mandolina, Smart Gallery, Museo Xul Solar / Galería Rubbers.