Izet Sheshivari

Izet Sheshivari

Izet Sheshivari is based in Geneva where he runs the publishing house Boabooks and designs books. Boabooks is dedicated to the close and intimate collaboration with artists, publishing their work as their work itself, as artist book, or occasionally as a catalogue or textbook. Izet Sheshivari’s fascination for books and printed matter does not end with publishing. His dedication for books brought him to establish a collection of artists books just as well as to establish The Liberated Page a network of artist books institutions and enthusiasts. With his knowledge of artist books he has curated extensive and intimate exhibitions and is currently undertaking research on further publications and installations, mainly on artist printed matter.


Roland Früh, 2015

The Next Page The Liberated Page Union, NY Art Book Fair 2016, New York
The complete series of Boabooks artists’ notepads fink twice 505, edition fink
The Liberated Page Le Commun, bâtiment d’art contemporain, Genève
Together with Boabooks SKOPIA, Genève
You own me a book + New York Art Book Fair
Blank Book Makers Fondrie Kugler, Genève
Art-Rite no.16 Printed Matter, New York
Close-Up Forde, Genève

Awards Grants & Residency
The Liberated Page Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Genève
The Most Beautiful Swiss Books Pierre Schwerzmann, Boabooks 2013
New York residency Service de la culture du canton de Genève
Blank Book Makers Grant for mediation
Recent Publications Grant Berthoud, Lissignol, Chevalier et Galland
SGV-Förderpreis Union Suisse des Graphistes

Workshops & presentations
Boabooks Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
Thinking under Turbulence CCC, Haute école d’arts et de design Genève
On publishing The Royale School of Art Stockholm
How to make… Raster Gallery Warsaw
Boabooks École Nationale Supérieurs des Beaux-Arts de Lyon
Notepads École des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg

Articles & references
The complete series of Boabooks artists’ notepads fink twice 505, edition fink
 Les Livres dont vous n’êtes pas les héros. revue Marges, 2012
Berührungspunkte/correspondences edition fink, 2009
Nostalgie d’un enquiquineur… Christoph Keller in. Backcover n. 2, 2009
Géométrie Sale revue Tissu n.5 ISSN 1662-4491-02
ECAL Graphic Design ECAL, Lausanne, 2005
Type One, Discipline and Progress in Typography. Die Gestalten, 2004
Nero magazine n.2 pp. 23-26, Nero, 2003
Swiss Graphic Design p. 97, Die Gestalten, 2001
Den Wert der Grafik anheben Werbewoche, 22.11.2001

2016 Exhibitions
NY Art Book Fair MoMA PS1 New York (USA)
Swiss Design Awards Basel (CH)
I Never Read Kaserne Basel (CH)
Miss Read Akademie Der Künste Berlin (DE)
Offprint London Tate Modern London (UK)
It’s a book HGK Leipzig (DE)

2015 Exhibitions
Le livre de photographie et ses auteurs curated by Susanne Bieri, Bibliothèque nationale suisse, Berne (CH)
Offprint Paris Beaux-arts de Paris (FR)
Same same but different curated by Denis Pernet, Hard Hat, Genève (CH)
The Tokyo Art Book Fair Kyoto University of Art and Design Tokyo (JP)
NY Art Book Fair MoMA PS1 New York (USA)
Offprint London TATE Turbine Hall (UK)
it's a Book HGK Leipzig (DE)
Books & Co. curated by Bob Monk, Gagosian Gallery, Paris (FR)
Friends at OOR – one’s own room curated by edition fink, Zürich (CH)

2014 Exhibitions
Unikat – Unicum. Livres d’artistes du Cabinet des estampes curated by Susanne Bieri, Andrea Giger, Bibliothèque nationale suisse, Berne (CH)
La forêt usagère curated by Aurélien Mole, Galerie Dohyang Lee Paris (FR)
Offprint Beaux-arts de Paris (FR)
Vancouver Art/Book Fair Vancouver Art Gallery (CA)
Notes from the Underground (after F.M. Dostoyevsky) curated by Mladen Bizumic, Baba Vasa‘s Cellar, Shabla (BG)
Tokyo Art Book Fair Kyoto University of Art and Design Tokyo (JP)
New York Art Book Fair MoMA PS1, New-York (USA)
Tooner curated by Saul Marcadent, Galerie Boss, La Spezia (IT)
Sans titre (performance) Centre d’édition contemporaine, Genève (CH)
Bibliologie curated by Jérôme Dupeyrat, Frac Haute-Normandie (FR)

2013 Exhibitions
How to do an artbook ? Galerie Raster, Varsovie (PL)
Convention d’éditions indépendantes 8 Théâtre 2.21, Lausanne (CH)
Salon Light 10 Nuits Blanches, Paris (FR)
Berlin Art Book Fair ABC contemporary Station, Berlin (DE)
Tokyo Art Book Fair Kyoto University of Art and Design Tokyo (JP)
New York Art Book Fair MoMA PS1, New-York (USA)
Filter of Times Miriam Sturzenegger, MoMA PS1 New-York (USA)
Monozukuri curated by Thierry Chancogne, Chaumont (FR)
Publishers’ Tables Office fédérale de la culture, Helmhaus, Zurich (CH)
The Book Affair Automatic Books, Biennale de Venise, San Lorenzo (IT)
Sir Thomas Trope curated by A. Môle et J. Tiberi, Villa du Parc (FR)
Leaves Susanne Bürner, South London Gallery (UK)
D’après Giorgio Luca Lo Pinto, Casa Museo Giorgio de Chirico, Rome (IT)
AnderSennoSogno Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum, Rome (IT)
The Ride curated by Raphaël Julliard, Zoo Galerie Nantes (FR)

2012 Exhibitions
Image/machine curated by Nicolas Giraud, Galerie Maxence Malbois, Paris (FR)
Salon Light 9 Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)
New York Art Book Fair MoMA PS1, New-York (USA)
On print Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (CH)
Publishers’ Tables Office fédérale de la culture Helmhaus, Zürich (CH)
The death of a president, a carpet… Orchard Gallery, New York (USA)
Cosmotopia curated by Donatella Bernardi, Bâtiment d’art Contemporain, Genève (CH)
Edition Fink & Boabooks Topologie Swiss Art Awards, Bâle (CH)
Blank Book Makers Fonderie Kugler, Genève (CH)
Scientology Oliver Laric, Galerie SAKS, Genève (CH)
Post Vinyle Frédéric Post, Villa Bernasconi, Lancy (CH)

2011 Exhibitions
Made in Genève curated by Véronique Goncerut-Estèbe, Bibliothèque d’Art et d’Archéologie, Genève (CH)
Berlin Art Book Fair Miss Read, KW Institute, Berlin (DE)
Dezember Bücher Zürich (CH)
New York Art Book Fair Printed Matter, MoMA PS1, New-York (USA)
Salon Light 8 Cneai, Le point Ephémère, Paris (FR)
Convention d’éditions indépendantes 6 Théâtre 2.21, Lausanne (CH)
Publishers’ Tables Office fédérale de la culture Helmhaus, Zurich (CH)
Intérieur, neige Nicolas Giraud, Cneaï=, Paris (FR)
The book Affair Automatic Books, Metricubi, Biennale de Venise (IT)
Book launch Centre culturel Suisse, Paris (FR)
England XXI Century Samuel Ostermann, Auckland Central Libraries (NZ)
Volume A, Volume B Isabelle Cornaro, 1m3, Lausanne (CH)
Wallpaperism Nick Oberthaler, Motel Campo, Genève (CH)
On publishing Hinrich Sachs The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm (SE)
Leaves Susanne Bürner, South London Gallery, Londre (UK)
Name dropping Fabienne Radi, Le bleu du ciel, Lyon (FR)

2010 Exhibitions
Dezember Bücher Zürich (CH)
3. Zürcher Zine Sezession Corner College Zurich (CH)
Schwartzmarkt Motel Campo, Genève (CH)
On print Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (CH)
Perroquet tout s’écroule curated by D. Hugon, Echallens 13, Lausanne (CH)
Boabooks SILS Rotterdam (SL)
Convention d’éditions indépendantes 5 Théâtre 2.21, Lausanne (CH)
Tirage limité Palais de Rumine, Lausanne (CH)
Marie-Louise Laurent Kropf, Piano Nobile, Genève (CH)
Salon Light 7 Cneai, Le point Ephémère, Paris (FR)
Livre à venir curated by Stéphane Le Mercier, ESBAS, Strasbourg (FR)
Mice Pack Florian Javet, Espace Curtat, Lausanne (CH)
Off Beat combination Christian Robert-Tissot, Evergreene, Genève (CH)
The Fog is a Light Darkness Miriam Sturzenegger, Detektiv Bureau, Lucerne (CH)

2009 Exhibitions
2. Zürcher Zine Sezession Corner College Zurich (CH)
Salon Light 6 Cneai Le point Ephémère, Paris (FR)
Is a Show, is a Shop, is a Book, curated by Maja Wismer, Latvian Center, Riga (LV)
One Day Self Publishing Fair Berlin (DE)
Bourses Berthoud, Galland, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (CH)
Convention d’éditions indépendantes 4 Théâtre 2.21, Lausanne (CH)
Total reflection… Jérémie Gindre, Florence Loewy, Paris (FR)
Anonymous Engravings… Frédéric Post, Kunstgriff, Zürich (CH)
Anonymous Engravings… Frédéric Post, Evergreene Genève (CH)
Volume A, Volume B Isabelle Cornaro, La Vitrine, Paris (FR)
The Adventure Begins Laurent Kropf, Michel Journiac, Paris (FR)
The Split Show Aloïs Godinat, Bielefelder Kunstverein (DE)
Tensegrity Muck, Agent double, Genève (CH)

2008 Exhibitions
Booked Up! curated by Daniel Baumann, New Jerseyy, Bâle (CH)
1. Zürcher Zine Sezession Corner College Zurich (CH)
20 Leaves Susanne Bürner, Goethe-Gallery, Hong Kong (CN)
Le poème de l’angle droit Derek Sullivan, OneTwenty Gallery, Gent (BE)
Convention d’éditions indépendantes 3 Théâtre 2.21, Lausanne (CH)
Embodied Truth Susanne Bürner, Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (DE)
Ça prend J. Gindre and F. Radi Les Halles Porrentruy – Espace d’art contemporain (CH)
9 or 10 works I used to like in no order Monitor, Rome (IT)
Die Wiederholdung der Zeichen curated by Fanny Gonella, *Kurator, Rapperswil (CH)
Le troisième paradis Glassobox, hors les murs (FR)
Booked Up! New Jerseyy, Basel (CH)
Art cannot be unthaugt curated by Caterina Riva, La Rada, Locarno (CH)
La marge d’erreur curated by Le Bureau/, La Synagogue de Delme (FR)
P2P curated by Le Bureau/, Casino Luxembourg (LU)

Private Press 2002–2008
 Ramgis Eklop 21 x 28 cm, 56 pages, 30 copies.
Never judge a book by its cover 20.5 x 14.8 cm, 98 pages, 13 volumes x 30 copies.
Premier 17.5 x 25.5 cm, 128 pages, one copy.
 Welcome to Italy 19.5 x 28.5 cm, 32 pages, 5 copies.
 99 drawings 17.5 x 25.5 cm ,102 pages, one copy.
Set 4 18.5 x 24 cm, 32 pages, one copy, sewn.
 Set 321 x 29.7 cm, 32 pages, one copy, sewn.
 Set 220 x 23 cm, 48 pages, one copy, sewn.
 Set 1 21 x 30 cm, 64 pages, one copy, sewn.
99 Web-found Sentences21 x 29.5 cm, 100 pages, 15 copies, glued on a cardboard.
Witnesse tell of a Disappearance Story  17 x 21.5 cm, 146 pages, 5 copies.
Album28 x 33 cm, 102 pages, one copy.
 Die Transformation der jugoslawischen gesellschaft im medium des Krieges 16 x 24.5 cm, 182 pages, 20 copies.
 Recherches 1996-1999 observations et perspectives with Guy Meldem  21 x 29.7 cm, 82 pages, 10 copies.
 La collection Hauserloosli29.5 x 38 cm, 124 pages, 5 copies.
 La promenade du Roi  14.5 x 23 cm, 256 pages, 12 copies hardcover, sewn + one with dark green leather.
La promenade du Roi  13.5 x 22 cm, 32 pages, 6 copies, stapple, 2 versions.
GTI-Edition10 x 14 cm, 76 pages, 10 copies, soft cover, glued.
Roczek11.3 x 15.3 cm, 28 pages, unique, wood box, musicals.
Buy! or go out! supermarket remade music15 x 18.5 cm, 28 pages + 2 cds, 3 copies, staples.
Personal standard14.5 x 23 cm, 124 pages, 5 copies, soft cover, glued, xerox print.
Sunday8.2 x 11.3 cm, 182 pages, 8 copies, soft cover, offset and inkjet print.
100%  12.2 x 18.3 cm, 132 pages, 3 copies, soft cover, inkjet print on recycled paper.
ID21 x 29.5 cm, 176 pages, 3 copies, soft cover, inkjet print.