The first stop is Shanghai, our home town, the most westernised city in China. It was also the first stop of China meets Norway in a Bookshelf No.1. We were back to abC art book fair in a different season and a different art museum. 艺仓 mordern art museum is one of the newest museum in Shanghai, so new that the interior of the first floor was not yet done. From the scalinata leading from the 2nd floor right to the Riverside Avenue, one can have an overview of the famous Bund as well as Lujiazui - the new symbolic building assembly.
Because of the value of the books we brought with us, no audience was allowed to touch any of the works presented. Two exhibitors with two volunteers (more like security guards) guarded the stand and turned the page with white gloves for the visitors on demand. “No touch” signs in tiny-tiny Chinese characters were scattered around, so visitors didn’t usually see them and stretched quite often their hands towards the ‘delicious’ books and stopped by the artists on guard. It’s a very natural way to start a conversation so that the artists got chance to explain in detail the stories behind each work. Many visitors moved from the first book they set eyes on to the last just to hear all the stories from the presenter. Both the artists, us, and the volunteers enjoyed the quite exhausting task a lot, because we not only had a pleasant chat but through the on and on presentation we got to know each piece of the works better.
The organisers put us in the most remarkable place of the whole book fair - in the middle of the room, right under the purple plastic poster with both the tittle of the book fair and the tittle of ours. The stands were built on-site the day before the opening.