Launched in September 2014, EXILE Books is an experimental, hybrid installation and retail operation conceived of by artist Amanda Season Keeley. EXILE is a pop-up artist’s bookstore that will migrate throughout several locations in Miami, spending approximately 2 to 3 months housed in every location. All of the mobile store components are designed by Keeley, with a stylistic nod towards Donald Judd and the memphis group. The store will feature modular units on wheels, lounge style seating, and adaptable displays that will be reconfigured and arranged to accommodate each new residence.
At each venue EXILE will evolve by presenting a thematically curated selection of titles connected with public programing like lectures, performances, workshops, and events. The bookstore is dedicated to raising awareness about artist’s publications and will serve as a platform for the exchange of ideas and projects grounded in the spirit of collaboration. In partnership with Printed Matter, Inc., EXILE’s core inventory will represent a diverse cross section of artist's books and publications. Additional materials will be selected to complement the thematic programing for each location with an emphasis on local artists and publishing houses.
The founder of EXILE Books, Amanda Season Keeley, is a visual artist, curator, and writer. After completing her MFA at Parson’s School of Art and Design, Keeley went on to manage Printed Matter, Inc. and then ran Yoko Ono’s studio for 9 years before departing to launch EXILE. Keeley has also served as a regular contributor to Whitewall Magazine, Issue Magazine, and Bookforum. Keeley's most recent exhibitions in Miami include Fredric Snitzer Gallery and Wolfsonian--FIU Museum, and special commission projects have been featured at the UNTITLED Art Fair and Vizcaya Museum. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards such as the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge, Florida Department of State Cultural Affairs Grant, and NYFA Blackburn Printmaking fellowship. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections.
EXILE Books is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and collaborators: Florida Department of State Cultural Affairs, Miami's Downtown Development Authority, The Knight Foundation Arts Challenge, Printed Matter Inc., Feast Miami, and Sonos.