Exhibitors at Counter 2018
Saturday 17th March 2018 at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard

Makina Books

Since 2016, Makina Books has specialised in affordable artists’ books–exhibitions–sound and print. Makina believes in a physical thing, a doing thing and broken things; it is forging an archive along the way. Makina is both pro and anti-archive. It publishes what it wants and whenever it can – above all, it is enthusiastic about friendship, accessibility and community–with the ultimate goal of being affordable and maintaining momentum. Makina is now 9 titles old. In 2017, Makina was invited by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre to be publisher in residence at London College of Communication, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London. Makina exhibited examples from past collaborations and showcased items of ephemera–including bookworks, short stories, and found photographs from its growing archive. Recent titles include Screaming Fatal Truths: punk photographs by Joe Briggs, Outskirts, edited by Flo Brooks, MIDDEX and Astigmatism: Sight Paintings by Richard Phoenix. Collaborations include The White Cubicle Gallery and access interpreter Caroline Dawson. In 2017 they organised the fully audio-described touring exhibition Outskirts–Astigmatism–Acutance: work by Flo Brooks, Richard Phoenix and Robin Christian.

Robin Christian

Robin is a photographer, researcher and curator, currently based in London. He has a keen interest in punk, do-it-yourself, British photographic networks in the 1980s, youth cultures, fanzines and other forms of self-publishing; in 2016 he established Makina Books. He worked at the University for the Arts London (UAL) Photography and the Archive Research Centre as Project Manager (2013–16) and the Guardian News and Media (GNM) Archive as Archivist (2014–15) and Exhibition and Archive Assistant (2008–14). Recent projects include Outskirts–Astigmatism–Acutance (with Flo Brooks and Richard Phoenix), Ken. To be destroyed (Schwules* Museum, Berlin, 2016), Jane Bown: A Lifetime of Looking / Cats (Faber, 2016), The EU debate: from the archive (Kings Place, 2016), Moose on the Loose Bienalle of Research (various venues, 2015), Anna Fox: The Work Stations Files (London College of Communication, 2014), Life on the Road (London College of Communication, 2014) and The Lost Art of the Picture Library (Kings Place, 2009).

Flo Brooks

Flo Brooks (b. 1987, Devon) lives and works between Brighton and the South-West. His work combines painting, collage and social practice. Recent exhibitions include Is Now a Good Time? (solo show), Cubitt Gallery, London, 2017, Outskirts launch,White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London, 2017, Whose body where? a commission for Open Source festival, curated by Helen Nisbet, Gillett Square, London, 2016, Inland Art Festival, Redruth, Cornwall, 2016, and Notes for Turtle Salon, a two person show with Charlotte Prodger, guest curated by Irene Revell, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London, 2015. He facilitates an ongoing collaborative project called Outskirts which explores the intersection between liminality and identity.

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Image: Outskirts by Flo Brooks / Makina Books