Boekie Woekie began on the 1st of January 1986 by six artists who wanted to do something about the shared fate of having to store cardboard boxes full of editions of their own books. A small shop space was found in downtown Amsterdam: It was as if their books had only now really been published.
A partly different constellation of business partners decided 5 years later to move to a much bigger shop, near the old place. By then it had become clear that there were many other artists who knew of no way to make their books be seen and possibly bought. Boekie Woekie felt like becoming a platform for a phenomenon.
As a shop for artists’ books and small press publications Boekie Woekie has since then been paying its rent, buying many beers and keeping its proprietors and visitors well entertained. Henriëtte van Egten, Rúna Thorkelsdóttir, Jan Voss