Akina Books

Akina Books is an independent publishing house of hand-made photobooks, as objects to crease, love, collect. Akina Factory is a space to conceive, design, print and bind our and your ideas. Akina is London based, yet frontierless. It is run by Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli. Akina Books was established during the hot 2012 summer and is run by Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli. We’ve chosen from the beginning to take direct control of every aspect of the creative and technical process of bookmaking. For Akina Factory everything is part of a unified workflow, happening under the same roof: book project, photo retouch, design, editing, sequencing, layout and also printing, binding and finishing. The small character of the company allows every work to be made inhouse from start to finish by the same team, insuring the project outlined by the pre-production process is effectively applied through the manufacturing stage.


Planar invites four international examples of cultural management, to present complex and innovative models in the field of visual art, publishing, education and cultural tourism. Through meetings and workshops we will talk about: planning models, networking, fundraising, cultural organization and curatorial strategies. Through a proactive and participative methodology we aim to build a dynamic and practical dialogue with local active stakeholders, associations, joung managers and professionals. The idea is to give to the local creative energies the concrete instruments to build new projects and start new local and international exchanges.

The selected guests will represent institutions which are able to create a system of cultural activities and strategies for economical sustainability.

They develop an high level of curatorial and managerial expertises in different fedls: publishing, photography, education, events; and they produce different cultural format: festivals, workshops etc… We will talk about “sustainable systems”, and about how these institutions has been able to achieve an high level of research opening it to a new public.

We will examine the details of these experiences from the birth of each project, analyzing the contests and the models with the aim of offering the participants competences and experts advices for future researches and partnership on the territory.

Every guest will study a site specific model of presentation, referred to stakeholders and local institutions.

Each presentation will be articulated in 3 parts:

• A workshop/roundtable with the members of Planar, local stakeholders and cultural institutions.

• Exhibition opening where the professionals invited will present their work to the public.

• A free public lecture open to the public.