In 2014, the Santa Cruz based Kiosko Gallery, undertook a huge project interning twenty-six artists on a boat called ‘Queen of Enin’ navigating over the Bolivian Mamore River, in what was called the Abubuya KM 0 residency.
This innovative project not only expands the idea of generating residencies in extreme environments but also positions Kiosko as one of the most important platforms in the continent for reflection and dissemination of contemporary visual arts.
This book is a record of the works of the visual artists and curators who participated of the Abubuya KM0 residency workshop about dialogue and reflexion of the life around the Mamoré river and the Mojeña community of El Rosario in the Amazon area of Bolivia.
Through type and image placement, the design of the book emulates high and low water levels — the territory’s condition that influences the way humans coexist with the land and the river. Abubuya meaning “go with the flow.” As the narrative progresses, artists’ texts and imagery, as well as pagination, rise from the bottom of the layout to the top of the page. The cover of the book reveals the peak of the season with the highest level of water, over which typographic elements are dispersed by the current, as a way to represent this landscape as the foundation and condition for art-making. The back cover showcases the end of a term, when water dries completely, leaving behind a new landscape of fertile ground for boundless opportunities.
Conceptualization and content management for the Abubuya book was conducted in close connection with the client (Kiosko Gallery) and the Curators of Abubuya (Raquel Schwartz, Sina Ribak & Rodolfo Andaur), so the design process was a collaborative one.
One thousand copies of the book were printed and are currently being sold in museums, cultural centers and bookstores around Bolivia.