The EXILE Books display cases have a minimalist, clean design. They are both an installation and a tool, elegant, but also sturdy and purposeful.
They also have wheels.
EXILE Books is an itinerant artists’ bookstore, and for the next year, it will move around various locations in South Florida. The first stop at the Locust Projects, in the Design District, concluded with a site-specific performance by the Peter London Global Dance Company on Oct. 9. Up next is Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, where it will reside from Oct. 15 to Nov. 20. And from there, on to Miami Book Fair International.
In a border town often defined by movement and reinvention, it is a statement, poetic and practical.
“Miami has that atmosphere that allows people to do things that are more experimental or provocative. That’s kind of the beauty of Miami, and clearly, it’s generating a lot of attention,” says visual artist, curator, writer and Knight Arts Challenge finalist Amanda Keeley, the architect behind EXILE Books. “Miami is still forming an identity and it offers so much opportunity. There are a lot of entry points for people to start whatever they like to start. That’s very exciting, and probably why I was drawn back.”