Ecological Thinking. Ecological Practice.
December 2014/February 2015
IEEB chose to focus until now on the general aspects of experimental printmaking with an extended vision also over geographic areas. This was meant to answer to the imperative needs of making a statement as a reaction to the current status of printmaking around the world, seen by far as a traditional technique, unintegrated to the contemporary art movement. This fact comes as a surprising reality despite the extended use of printmaking techniques in consumerist society: printed press, book industry, advertising area, packaging industry or fashion industry.
The 5th edition of IEEB was focused on Central and Eastern Europe contemporary printmaking problematic faced with its Western counterpart (North America and Western Europe) raising questions of social, cultural and political identity.
The curator of the Main Exhibition of IEEB5 was Richard Noyce from UK, a renowned specialist on printmaking, author of major books on 20th century Eastern European printmaking. The Pavilions event from Victoria Art Center (curator Olivia Nițiș) focused on Austria, Poland and Hungary brought new meaning to the impact of printmaking today on various societies and artistic practices.
© Dan Perjovschi
The 6th edition of IEEB will address issues of ecology. Ecological Thinking and Practices is the general theme of the edition that will bring forth a variety of environmental issues. Artist’s thinking and production function as a tool for observing, criticizing and revealing aspects of our life that are sometimes not enough debated, going unnoticed and being subject to ignorance or power relations, therfore left marginal. Thinking ecologically represents an imperative for our civilization today, the parallel process between thinking and acting accordingly providing real change.
The works presented in IEEB6 will address questions, perhaps also offer answers to problems regarding our relationship with the environment. The art production itself is starting to include ecological materials. The specificity of printmaking means the use of acids harmful for the environment, but today other possibilities are at hand including non toxic, water based ink, ink without animal ingredients, organic paper with a large quantity of recycled material, less chlorine and so on.
Current events in Europe such as Rosia Montana, fracking and animal protection rights in Romania, Gezi Park issues in Turkey, other similar situations in Poland, Bulgaria to which we add other aspects around the world like tropical deforestation, massive industrialization, water pollution, non-environmental living and architecture, influencing global warming, represent imperative aspects for human conscience reaction. IEEB6 intends to represent a platform for these concerns, from different points of view.
IEEB6 Venues: Mogosoaia Cultural Center, Victoria Art Center - Bucharest, Aiurart contemporary art space - Bucharest, Atelier 020303 - Bucharest.
OMV, the main sponsor of IEEB6
OMV once again supports contemporary art in Romania
OMV’s sponsorship activities once again focus on Romania. The international, integrated oil and gas company and majority shareholder of Petrom supports cultural exchange in the area of contemporary art between its core markets Austria, Romania, and Turkey.
OMV has repeatedly presented Romanian artists at the VIENNAFAIR and has also supported one of Romania’s two official contributions at the Venice Biennial 2013. For the second time, the company is the main sponsor of the International Experimental Engraving Biennial, which will address issues of ecology and will also present examples of Austrian and Turkish printmaking at the Victoria Art Center, Bucharest. OMV is looking forward to contributing to the international dialogue in experimental printmaking.
Further information on OMV’s sponsorship activities: www.omv.com/cultural-sponsoring
Javier Martín-Jiménez, the main curator of IEEB6
Javier Martín-Jiménez (b. 1978, Madrid) is president of the cultural association Hablar en Arte (www.hablarenarte.com) and responsible for the management of such projects as Ingráfica – International Platform for Graphic Art and Other Forms of Multiple Art (www.ingrafica.org), Lugares de Tránsito (www.lugaresdetransito.net), and Jugada a 3 bandas (www.a3bandas.org).
He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Bajo techo: Cuatro estadios de intimidad (works from the Community of Madrid Collection, CA2M 2008); Reproduction, Repetition and Rebellion: Multiplicity in Spanish Emerging Art (shown in 2010 and 2011 at the Instituto Cervantes in Vienna, Austria; the National Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu, Romania; the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Akademija – Centre for Graphic Art and Visual Research and The Windows Gallery in Belgrade, Serbia; and the New Contemporary Art Museum in Zagreb, Croatia); El Reto Ingrávido (Ingravid, Contemporary Culture Festival of Emporda, Figueres, Spain, 2010) and The Intervened Library (touring Spain 2012–2013).
Besides, he is the curator of the exhibition Password: Printmaking, together with the curators Sofie Dederen, Daina Glavocic, Jaanus Samma, Marta Anna Raczek-Karcz and Božidar Zrinski (MGLC Ljubljana: 17.4.−26.5.2013; FMC Kasterlee: 9.6.−28.7.2013; MCG Krakow: 8.8.−22.9.2013; CIEC Foundation Betanzos: 10.10.−25.11.2013; MMSU Rijeka: 10.12.2013−25.1.2014 TPT Tallinn: February−March 2014).
He holds a degree in Art History from the Autonomous University of Madrid.
He was the general coordinator of PHotoEspana 2007 and previously directed activities for PHE06 and PHE05.
Christian Paraschiv - SORRY!
Curator: Olivia Nițiș
Period: January 29 - February 22 2014
Location: Victoria Art Center, Bucharest (Calea Victoriei 12C)
Sorry! is a game that starts from the premise of equality and fair play, but which relies on the limits of a fluke by throwing the dice to undermine the partner. Equal opportunities, unequal competition. The apologetic version Sorry is rather an irony with exculpatory role for the player progressing ahead of the other. Progress through the decline of vicinity. The ideology of the game reflects the ideological paradigm of capitalism. Christian Paraschiv lures us into a game that is not foreign to us, a cultural game perhaps not only specific to a generation, or a society, yet challenging the practices around national mechanisms within the artistic community before and after 1990 and the socio -political friction and dynamic is open. Both the artist and curator came into play. Beyond the control and balancing authority between the two, the result of collaboration is the one that prevails. The principle of teamwork is a cultural ideal, but equally possible reality through the extent of reciprocity and creative freedom.
© Ion Grigorescu
Since the remarkable exhibition from 2007 (MNAC / Artexpo, Bucharest) signed by Christian Paraschiv , curator Mihai Oroveanu, the artist returns with a discourse in which his personal touch, always deep and ironic, coupled with technological and conceptual concerns is engaged in a slightly relaxed recontextualization. The self-referential experiment extends languishingly towards the world the artist is part of, here and there, between two geographies, between the tempo of actuality and the line of a defining rhythm. The personal body is the social body he is able to observe with the detachment of an experienced player. (Olivia Nițiș)
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Mooon seen from the earth
Period: January 22th - March 1st, 2014
Location: Aiurart Contemporary Art Space, Bucharest
Curator: Simona Vilău
Artists: Timon Botez, Mihail Coșulețu, Adina Mocanu, Sybille Neumeyer, Iulia Nistor, Philipp Schweiger.
MOOON is an art project about the Moon and its image as seen from the Earth. The more that Fiction clings on to known, palpable things, the more it tends to turn into a phantasmagoria. The more it relates to strange, far-flung things, the closer they are brought to us. The artists find themselves in a situation where they have to imagine aspects of the Moon backed by doing research via their own experiences and other people's, too. Seeing something without touching it may often prove deceptive yet, this is where lies the challenge of this topic – a task that has been comprehensively analysed in Art History endeavours, ranging from Georges Méliès and the beginnings of cinematography to the A Trip to the Moon exhibition, curated by Fabiola Iza at Proyectos Monclova, in Mexico City, in the summer of 2013, or the Republic of the Moon by The Arts Catalyst, London (January, 2014).
© Iulia Nistor - "Ticket to the Moon", print on paper, A4, 2014. (cooperation with Rory Witt)
MOOON brings together six artists from six different geographical areas, all of whom share a keen interest in both Science, as well as Fiction. Their discourses lie at the precipice separating science from fiction, truth from fantasy and the tangible from the evanescent. Their art works are mostly done in situ, after researching and exploring a host of mediums and ranges, often regarded as conflicting yet, somehow still managing to blend in into the final product, in novel and surprising ways.
The exhibition is being backed by a series of artist talks and the release of this event’s publication, titled The Mooon Journal, created by Simona Vilau, the exhibition’s curator.
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FrequentlyNOWHERE is an online platform, exhibition space and archive for visual art projects and researches.
Probably the generic term Contemporary Art means the oppressive obligation of being inside the Community. It seems that in the realm of under surveillance freedom, to disregard this unwritten but taken for granted rule, may lead to immediate exclusion. Is that so? Maybe not. Let’s say perhaps… or undecidable. This blog, then? Why not? To wander on territories, marked too perhaps but less so, and where one could breathe differently. That is NOWHERE. Frequently. Contemporary, naturally. But with the unformulated desire to find a lost link.
Artists: Sanda AGALIDES, CORPSTRAIN, Ciprian CIUCLEA, Anne DELASSUS, Micaëla HENICH, AB HOFFMAN, Ion LAZARESCOU, JULIAN MEREUTA, Dan MIHALTIANU, Ned RICHARDSON, Katia ROESSEL, Decebal SCRIBA, Andy SMART, Die STAMMGRUPPE,Eiji SUZUE.
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