IEEB chose to focus until now on the general aspects of experimental printmaking with an extended vision even from the geographic point of view. 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 and unintegrated to the contemporary art movement. After 4 fulfilling editions, with positive reactions from artists, curators and theoreticians, we have decided that a more focused edition in terms of concept and of a well-defined geographic area could provide important results on the analysis of the role of experimental printmaking and experiment with the use of printmaking within a certain cultural and socio-political context. Therefore the 5th edition of IEEB will pay attention to Central and Eastern Europe contemporary printmaking faced with its Western counterpart (North America and Western Europe). IEEB5 addresed a few questions:
1. What are (if there are) the conceptual and aesthetic differences and similarities between these areas reflected through the well-known West-East paradigm?
2. Does contemporary printmaking reflect its socio-political past and does the westernization of Eastern Europe after the fall of the communist regime contribute to the definition of a new cultural identity?
3. Does the complex of being a former communist society influence the relationship between Eastern and Western artists?
4. How is printmaking in Eastern Europe still linked to its useful function of multiplying and spreading information in favor of a political system or against it?
5. Is the utilitarian function through technique, even considering its subversive message, responsible for cutting off printmaking from the mainstream?
6. Seen merely as a technique why is printmaking less important than the other techniques of contemporary art, which are in fact not regarded as such?
Richard Noyce (UK) is the main curator of IEEB5. Born 01/09/1944, Chichester, England. Graduated with Honours, Leeds College of Art 1968. Richard Noyce is well known as a writer and speaker on the contemporary arts, with an emphasis on printmaking. He has over the past thirty or more years written reviews and features on artists and exhibitions for a number of British and European magazines, and in addition four books, including two well received books, ‘Contemporary Painting in Poland’ (1995) and ‘Contemporary Graphic Art in Poland’ (1997), and two successful books on international contemporary printmaking, ‘Printmaking at the Edge’ (2006, reprinted 2008) and ‘Critical Mass - Printmaking Beyond the Edge’ (2010), which together feature the work of 95 international artists. In addition he commissioned and edited a major part of the 2008 Grapheion Yearbook involving contributions from 52 artists from all over the world. He is currently researching for his next book, ‘Printmaking Off the Beaten Track’, for publication in 2013. He has participated as a juror in major printmaking and drawing competitions in the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece and Spain, and has lectured widely at universities, colleges and print centres in the UK, North America, Europe and South-East Asia. He has also participated in a large number of international printmaking conferences in Europe and North America, as an individual speaker, a panel member and a panel chair. In 2011 he was the selector for the Wrexham Print International in North Wales, one of the guest selectors for BITE in London, and the Curator for the 4th International Print Exhibition in Istanbul. In 2012 he will be the Curator for the main exhibition of the 5th International Experimental Engraving Biennial in Mogosoaia, Romania. In addition he has in the past exhibited his own drawings and photographs, and has curated a number of exhibitions of contemporary printmaking. He is currently working (when other commitments allow) on digital prints. Richard Noyce lives in Wales.
Adrian Guţă (RO) is art historian and critic. As associate professor, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Art History and Theory of the National University of Arts from Bucharest, Romania (since 2012). He was editor-in-chief of Arta (New Series), a review edited by the Fine Artists’ Union of Romania (2000–2001). He was co-curator of the Romanian presence at the Venice Art Biennial (1997).
Olivia Nițiș (RO) is curator, art critic and historian, PhD in visual arts. She is a researcher at the Institute of Art History „G. Oprescu” of the Romanian Academy. She is a member of the International Art Critics Asociation since 2009, regional cordinator for The Feminist Art Project (Rutgers University, New Jersey) since 2008. She curated and organized the first major international feminist art project in Romania, Perspective 2008. She has many contributions to international publications, catalogs and collective volumes.
Cosmina Chituc (RO) is project writer, curator of experiments and art historian. She launched her proposals with Square Media team. She participated in the production or concept of art projects and art books. Frequently publishes articles about the art print, artists and workshop portfolio books in messages sent to her database.
Alexandru Braniște (RO) is a little more than an illustrator and something more than a curator. He has the vision of all when he starts from detail and the vision of products when he begins an idea. Not yet decided whether to continue his doctorate in physics. He is the man of synthesis when everyone else is fractured. Square Media Studio is the most consistent project that he ran for 12 years together with Jan Eugen.
IEEB5 - the main exhibition
curator:Richard Noyce [UK]
Artists:Ana Soler [ESP], Annu Vertanen [FIN], Ardan Özmenoġlu [TUR], Barbara Putnam [USA], Curtis Readel [USA], Eglė Kuckaitė [LIT], Igor Benca [SLO], Iwona Abrams [UK], Ksawery Kaliski [POL], Marcus Rees Roberts [UK], Moises Yagües [ESP], Monika Wanyura-Kurosad [POL], Robert Baramov [BUL], Valeriu Şchiau [RO], Xenophon Sachinis [GRE].
IEEB5 - parallel event
ROMANIAN EXPERIMENTAL PRINTMAKING, curator: Adrian Guţă [RO]
Artists: Christian Paraschiv, Ion Grigorescu, Vlad Nancă
IEEB5 - PAVILIONScurator: Olivia Niţiș [RO]
Artists: Austria: Sigrid Langrehr, Eva Möseneder, Maruša Sagadin, Janine Pölzl, Ilse Haider
Poland: Izabela Gustowska, Jarema Drogowski
Hungary: Bianka Dobó, Pál Csaba
IEEB5 - parallel event
EXPERIMENTAL PRINT STUDIO. The limits of technique after the Fasteco Age.
curators: Cosmina Chituc & Alexandru Branişte [RO]
Artists: Nicu Ilfoveanu, Jan Eugen, Michele Bressan