about the founder Anita Pisch

Anita Pisch

I first became interested in art books and zines when, mid-life and mid-career (no crisis, though), I suddenly decided to go to art school. Printmaking, relief prints, became my thing – especially the whole principle of democratic multiples. When I found my first zine, tucked surreptitiously into a library book, I was hooked. With a background in art practice, art history, literature and theatre, I enjoy cutting and pasting words and images, creating beautiful montages of layered feeling and meaning. With properganderpress, I wanted to make a place in this world where all these loved and sweated creations, both mine and those of others, could get a little airing amongst sympathetic friends.


Anita is a publishing professional working in academic editing, professional writing and research. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (Advanced) from Melbourne University, a PhD in Art History and Curatorship from the ANU, a Masters in Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design from COFA at UNSW, and a BA with Combined Honours in English Literature and Theatre Studies from UNSW.

Anita is a professional member of IPEd (Institute of Professional Editors), Writers Victoria, SHERA (Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture), and Sydney University Golden Key Honours Society.

Anita is interested in exploring the interface between art and literature, and has a passion for handcrafted books and zines. She surrounds herself with beautiful books.

Professional Experience

Principal, Academic Business Creative Professional Editing and Writing. Academic editing, ghostwriting, commissioned writing and research, 2014 – present.

Visiting Scholar, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the Australian National University, Canberra, 28.02.2015 – present. Research, writing, attending conferences.

Academic Editor,  The Expert Editor, July 2015 – present. Academic editing, formatting, copyediting, structural editing.

Research Assistant, April 2014 – present. Editing and proofreading of academic papers, journal articles and press releases.


The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929 – 1953: Archetypes, inventions and fabrications, ANU Press, 2016. ISBN: 9 781760 460624.

https://theconversation.com/david-hockney-interrogates-space-and-time-68671, The Conversation, November 14, 2016.

Andy Warhol-Ai Weiwei: The American and Chinese centuries meet in Melbourne‘, The Conversation, 15 December 2015

Lurid beauty: Australian surrealism and its echoes – reviewed,’ The Conversation, 9 December 2015.

‘Stalin saves the world! The use of the warrior and saviour archetypes to portray Stalin in Soviet political posters,’ in Zoran M. Jovanović, Oliver Toshković, Jasmila Petrović, Vladan Virijević (eds), International Thematic Proceedings: Art and its role in the history: between durability and transient –isms. Dedicated to the Memory of Prof. Miodrag Jovanović, Ph.D (1932–2013), Kosovska Mitrovitsa 2014. ISBN 978-86-6349-034-5

Inspiration Wild: Historical Perspectives and Future Challenges, WAMA Foundation, 2014, 34 pages. ISBN: 978 0 9925875 0 5.

‘Stalin Takes Care of Each of Us from the Kremlin: obligation and gratitude in Stalinist political posters,’ Modern History of Russia No. 3, (Noveyshaya Istoriya Rossii, No. 3), 2013, pp.38-54. ISSN: 2219-9659.

Catalogue essayMade in Cuba: Contemporary Cuban Art in Australia’ exhibition, 2012.

‘Crossing the cultural divide: the collaborative public art projects of Victorian artist, Velislav Georgiev,’ in the ‘Proceedings of the 12th Art Readings Conference,’ Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.

‘Stalin as an icon: the use of Russian Orthodox imagery in a Stalinist political poster of 1947,’ in the Proceedings of ‘A Quarter Century of Post-Communism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives International‘ Conference, New Zealand.


Ron Cerabona,Exhibition offers an artistic slice of Cuban life,’April 13, 2012.

Helen Musa,Cubanity comes to Canberra,’ April 13, 2012.

Promoarte,Made in Cuba, Contemporary Cuban Art in Australia.’

Cuba MinRex,Made in Cuba: Contemporary Cuban Art in Australia,’ 16 April, 2012


Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (Advanced), 2016.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Art History and Curatorship at Australian National University, 2014.

Master of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design, (MCDArtDes), College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of New South Wales, 2010.

Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Charles Sturt University, 1999.

Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours (Research) in English Literature and Theatre Studies, Major in Modern History, University of New South Wales, 1987.

Art Training

Certificate II in Printmaking, Nowra College of TAFE, 2008.

Certificate IV in Fine Arts, Nowra College of TAFE, 2006.

Statement of Attainment II and III in Painting, Nowra College of TAFE, 2006.

Selected Scholarships and Awards

Centre for European Studies Publishing Prize, awarded by the ANU Press Humanities & Creative Arts Advisory Board, Australian National University.

DAAD Encounter Europe – Visit Germany scholarship – A two-week seminar on the European Union for Students from Australia and New Zealand at the European Academy of Otzenhausen, Germany, November-December 2014.

ANU Australian Postgraduate Award, 2011 – 2014.

Dean’s List, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, 2008.

Artyfacts Materials Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, 2006.

First in course, Certificate IV in Fine Arts, Nowra College of TAFE, 2006.

The Blacktown City Council Tertiary Scholarship for Academic Achievement, 1998.