ISTANBUL  MABL at 14th Istanbul Biennial

MABL at Artist’s Books Salong Husby Konsthall

MABL Intervention Allhuset Hallen Jämtland

ISTANBUL  MABL at Açiliyet Mektebi/School of Urgency, 14th Istanbul Biennial

September 4 – 6, 2015

see pictures: Archive

MABL – Mobile Artist’s Books Library visits Istanbul to present artists and artist’s books from Sweden and Turkey.

The aim is to exchange thoughts, ideas, artistic methods and works and not the least to initiate possible future collaborations with artists and organisations on location. As a follow up and continuation of the project and the exchange in Istanbul MABL is invited to Plattan Library at Kulturhuset in Stockholm later this fall 2015.

In conjunction with the opening of the 14th Istanbul Biennial MABL runs a three day programmed presentation at Açiliyet Mektebi/School of Urgency and the bookstore Robinson Crusoe 389 at SALT Beyoğlu. Also including an event at BAS in Karaköy. (For detailed information see schedule below). MABL presents parts of its collection of artist’s books and publications juxtaposed with parts of BAS collection. BAS is an artist run space in Istanbul initiated by Banu Cennetoğlu where artists’ books and publications are collected,
 displayed and produced.

The program includes specially invited artists from Sweden and Turkey presenting works in the shape of books, sound, objects, performance, as well as talks and walks.

Participating artists and organisations in Istanbul:

Merve Ertufan

Elmas Deniz

Meriç Algün Ringborg


Banu Cennetoğlu

Nihan Somay

Açiliyet Mektebi

Beata Berggren

Helena Eriksson

Kajsa Dahlberg

Ulla West

Tina Eriksson Fredriksson



Aciliyet Mektebi ” School of Urgency” is an autonomous pedagogic laboratory space located on the first floor at SALT Beyoğlu on İstiklal Caddesi. It started with an urgent need to rethink alternative models for the current education system in Turkey. It aims to engage the existing capacity of knowledge between professionals and academic users and turn itself into a collective learning center.


  1. Co-ownership.
  2. Long-term, structure focused practice.
  3. An autonomous independently applicable pedagogical model.
  4. Horizontal decision-making mechanism.
  5. Operating based on models of alternative economy: No budget, No sponsors, No grant applications, but collaboration and exchange.
  6. Systematically growing community based on contribution.


Established in 1994, Robinson Crusoe 389 is one of the best-known English language bookstores in Istanbul. It is located on the fourth floor of the art gallery SALT Beyoğlu on İstiklal Caddesi, and it has a wide selection of books from fiction to children’s books and art books. Anything not in store can be ordered, which the staff will be very happy to help with. As an independent bookstore, Robinson Crusoe 389 is a good choice for book hunting and interaction with locals.


BAS is an artist run space in Istanbul initiated and run by Banu Cennetoğlu since 2006. At BAS artists’ books and publications are collected, 
displayed and produced.

Located at Necati Bey Caddesi No:32/2, Karaköy İstanbul

MABL Istanbul is upported by Konstnärsnämnden, Swedish Consulate Istanbul

logotyp  Konstnarsnamnden_logo



MABL Intervention Allhuset Hallen Jämtland

January – September 2015

The history of a rug from Marby and other stories

a commissioned artwork about origination and art in the countryside for the project Art-Fertilizer/Konstgödning

I return to this neighborhood in Jämtland close to the mountains, a place that is part of my family’s history. My father origins from this area but moved as a young man to the westcoast of Sweden for work. I have no roots from the place were I grew up by the westcoast. My family were strangers and when I before and now visit the north I am a stranger. I live since forty years in the capital, in Stockholm and in Stockholm I am one of many coming from out-of-town. I am a stranger. In this work I tie together my own experiences from time to time. Lived through time and experience is important in my work and in this project it will be my method to enable me along with others on site, by crafting and walking.

Preference of interpretation: The place is the heart of narration. In Hallen, Åre, Jämtland I have a plan to make one or more long walks and to knot a rug, two activities to which all are invited to join. By these two activities I hope to understand this specific place better, especially my own history in relation to this place. At Allhuset, the meeting place in the village Hallen and at the same time the public library, I start the process of knotting a rug in wool yarns with a motif that is a map with marked hiking trails starting from Hallen. People who join in to the knotting mark out their homespot into the carpetmap.

At Hallen Library I also present a small collection from MABL and I begin to pick up stories from the library archive, from visitors, from what I catch up in and around Allhuset. I talk to people, I interview people. I present artist’s books from MABL.

Parallel to this I read The Lure of the Local by Lucy Lippard and the reading of Lippard is interwoven together with Hallenmattan and the stories and the walks. I create my web of understanding that leads me hundreds of years back by another carpet, the Marbyrug that origins from Anatolien.

”The gap between image and lived experience is the space were dreams and ideas are created.” Lucy Lippard in The Lure of the Local.

The Marbyrug becomes the center of interest. Ideas, theories, patterns and lines around the rug are visualized.

Ulla West, July 2015


MABL Intervention Storsjöteatern Östersund Jämtland

September 11-12 2015

Texts: about writing history, about rugs, about walking.

Rugs: Hallenrug, copy of the Marbyrug made in Istanbul 1980, two copies of the Marbyrug made in Jämtland 1970

Maps: Anatolia, Jämtland

Pictures: see mabl.se/archive

Presentation and seminare.

Project producer: Art-Fertilizer Konstgödning/KajRolKultur 2015


MABL at Artist’s Books Salong Husby Konsthall
Nov 21 – Dec 6 2015


MABL at Husby Konsthall

From the MABL collection:

PUSS magazine
Moderna Museet Essä
Bernadette Corporation, Reena Spaulings
Michèle Bernstein, Alla kungens hästar/ All the kongs horses
Ongoing printed matters about the Situationist Movement, produced by Moderna Museet
Kristoffer Flensmack, Almanacka
Kristoffer Flensmarck, Chiffonjé
Takashi Homma, Aero-Photo
Karl Larsson o Andreas Mangione, Extract of Pontormos Diary
Karl Larsson, Parrot
Akira, A whores diary
Francis Alys, I’m not here
David Shrigley, Kill your pets
David Shrigley, Let’s wrestle
Diana Kaur, Padrak E Moore, Nevertheless, Faith is in the Air
Arijana Kajfes, Occular
Michalis Pichler, Monsanto Company, Earnings Call Transcript
Michakis Pichler, Der Einzige und sein Eigentum
Lotta Lotass, Fjärrskrift
Jonas Dahlberg, Invisible Cities
Carl Johan Eriksson, Armageddon – The End
Sophie Calle, Exquisite pain
Monica Höll, Till Ulla
Hu Fang and Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it, Kusin Vitamin Space Beijing
Dora Garcia, Steal this book
Meric Algun Ringborg, Ö den gemensamma bokstaven
Meric Algun Ringborg, Location: Date: Time:
Arijana Kajfes, Occular
Kajsa Dahlberg, Ett eget rum – 1000 bibliotek
Jean Clair, Cinq Notes Sur L’ouvre de Louis Bourgeois

Ulla West, LANDESCAPEPATTERNS                                                                                                                                                                   Ulla West, Den Obönhörliga

Firework Editions
Leif Elggren, Sakramentala Måltider
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, elektrolys – elektrolys II
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, Saltsjöbadsdokumentet
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, Phase 1:8 Stockholm – Groningen
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, IDOL
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, Partiet
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, Electrolys III
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, Experiment with Dreams
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, A Scholar Stoops Mounted On A White Charger
Leif Elggren & Thomas Liljenberg, The Answers
Thomas Liljenberg, Sweden Dreams
Thomas Liljenberg, Chapter VII
Thomas Liljenberg, Floor of Dreams
Thomas Liljenberg, SERIAL – AKTION
The New Immortality
Leif Elggren & Thomss Liljenberg, The Answers
The Kingdoms of Elgaland – Vargaland, A CHRONICLE
Passport Eögaland – Vargaland

Onda Andens Bibliotek /Library of the Evil Spirit
Bookshelf with books
Index over LES/OAB: all the titles
Map: Buenos Aires
Map: Rome
Map: Trondheim
Mapping: Husby – Stockholm – Trollhättan
Text: translation/ handwriting by UW, Rome from Der Stimmenimitator

Virginia Woolf, one text in three languages:
Ett eget rum
A Room of One’s Own
Kendien Ait Bir Oda

Inger Christensson, Azorno
Inger Christensson, D E T