BLEK connects photography, typography, print and architecture. Publications are curated and conceived as sculpture. Processes are exhibited. The artist group BLEK was founded in 2010 by Sascha Herrmann, Patrick Knuchel and Alwin Lay. While the aim in the beginning was to use exhibitions and publications to create a platform in order to link diverse artistic positions and to solidify a discourse, in recent years the emerging focus may be described in terms of publishing as artistic practice. BLEK investigates possibilities to conceive of publications as exhibition space, weaving together the meaning and function of photography, while questioning classical structures of representation and distribution. Borders between book, exhibition and space are fluid. BLEK cooperates with diverse artists and institutions to discuss these ideas publically and across media.
Wix, G.: The Exhibition Catalogue. In: Refresh the book : on the hybrid nature of the book in the age of electronic publishing. Edited by Viola Hildebrand-Schat, Katarzyna Bazarnik, Christoph Benjamin Schulz. Leiden / Boston, Brill Rodopi, 2021. Series: Critical studies : 0923-411X. Volume 41.
Herrmann, S., Knuchel, P.: BLEK. In: IDEA POLL. editiert von Camps, Grünke, Pichler. Berlin, MISS READ and conceptual poetics, 2021. p. 23.
Ehleiter, R.: Curating Publications. A Brief History of the Publication Exhibition in Contemporary Art. In: Eikon – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art. Vienna, Österreichisches Institut für Photographie und Medienkunst. Issue 86, June 2014, pp. 52-57.