8 Ball Community at Fabrica
Lele Saveri from the New York organization lecturing on June 21.
8 Ball Community Inc.
8 Ball came from an un-planned and spontaneous decision made by three friends to help a small Billiard Hall in Brooklyn from going out of business.
Between January and July of 2012, "Grand Billiard" hosted events, parties, screenings, launches and other sorts of gatherings. Then in June of that year, they decided to invite local publishers and artists to show and sell their products on the pool tables. This was the first 8-Ball zine fair.
The fair now repeats twice a year in NYC and once in SF, as well as in other countries around the world.
8-Ball Community has expanded since then, producing other events, a radio station, a public access TV, workshops, parties, libraries, books, zines, a gallery, a members-only club and a special newsstand that sold only self publications and lived for 7 months in the subway system of NY, The Newsstand, which was reproduced as an installation part of the New Photography 2015 show at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and now lives in the museum permanent collection.
Lele Saveri was born in Rome in 1980. Since 2010, he’s lived in New York City where he works as an after-school teacher and director of the non profit organization that he started, 8 Ball Community Inc. He ran the now-closed gallery and project space Muddguts and is also the man behind the The Newsstand. His work has been shown in various museums and institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in NY, FOAM museum in Amsterdam and Pera in Istanbul.
Photos by Matteo Bellomo