One of the most consequential and ambitious initiatives at the sprawling and polyphonic documenta fifteen
is lumbung press
, one of several working groups conceived by the artistic directors ruangrupa
that transverses the many invited artists, community-oriented collectives, organisations and institutions brought together in Kassel.
Located at the end of the documenta Halle is a fully functioning collectively run offset print shop. Spurning the traditional catalogue concept and publishing house partner of previous documenta editions, Erick Beltrán
and the artists themselves effectively own and work the means of production. Liberated from the onerous logic of the book trade
, its tightly controlled print-runs and strict editing protocols, the independent lumbung press team aims to make an unencumbered circulation of information possible through a non-mediated editorial flow, including scores of artists’ books and posters, as well as two post-exhibition compendiums. Moreover, the goal of lumbung press is to continue after documenta fifteen closes its doors as a collectively owned itinerant publishing facility in ongoing service to and collaboration with this documenta edition’s participants