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OPEN CALL: PRISTINA – GRAPHIC / NOVEL./ SKETCHING W. G. SEBALD IN PRISTINA

OPEN CALL: PRISTINA – GRAPHIC / NOVEL./ SKETCHING W. G. SEBALD IN PRISTINA

Prej:E premte, 10 Shkurt 2012 – 9:00

Deri:E diel, 25 Mars 2012 – 17:00

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* OPEN CALL: PRISTINA *

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*GRAPHIC, NOVEL. *

*SKETCHING W. G. SEBALD IN PRISTINA*

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On the occasion of the project *GRAPHIC, NOVEL. *Qendra Multimedia, Pristina, and Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art, Tirana, are pleased to announce a *Call for Entries *to attend the upcoming graphic novel workshop in Pristina, Kosovo, from: *May 5 – May 11, 2012*.

The workshop is open to art students, graphic-novelists, comic artists, designers, illustrators, visuals artists and writers of all ages and backgrounds.

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*Submission Deadline* for applications is: *March 25, 2012*

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*THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE TRAVEL COSTS AND FREE BOARD AND LODGING IN PRISTINA.*

*ABOUT THE WORKSHOP*

In the last years graphic novels have attracted more and more attention both in the field of literature and the visual arts. Not only they open alternative perspectives onto the complexities of every day life. With their distinct use of two mediums – image and text – they also suggest how memories and recollections of the past can find new forms of expression despite their inherent blanks.

This interrelation between image and text lies at the core of the project *GRAPHIC, NOVEL*. Taking the works of W. G. Sebald as a point of departure, we would like to rethink the dynamics between the two mediums in the context of Pristina, eager to tackle what suggests itself as ‘grey areas’ in the memorization process by means of graphic and text. Also W. G. Sebald famously utilized in his work both image and text in order to find a momentary equilibrium between otherwise hazy or fragmented recollections, personal memories, and, at times, ineffable events. However, similar to the grid-like structure of a graphic novel, the merging of image and text in Sebald’s work produces an ‘excess of meaning’,which cannot be utterly resolved.

The workshop aims at thinking the potential of the literary and graphic elements of graphic novels further by drawing on the author’s ‘poet(h)ic of remembering’, but also by the direct encounter with and research into the environment the workshop is set in. The participants are invited to creatively delve into yet unprecedented graphic-novelist techniques, sketching what has been lost, what is to be retrieved, and how to conjoin the missing bits and contradictions of the local recent history. Being an initiative from Pristina and Tirana, the subject-matter from where to explore those techniques are the city and its (in-)visible histories. Therefore, additional to the seminars, the workshop will look closer at the matter and the surfaces of the city. Archival documents, found photographies, oral histories and walks through the city will form a central part of the research and of the elaboration of a new graphic novel by means of visual and literary expressions.

Throughout the workshop, the participants are invited to work on a on a chosen context presented to them in the city of Pristina. The results of the workshop will be shown in a group exhibition during the “Polip Literature Festival” held from *May 11, 2012* to *May 13, 2012*.

*GRAPHIC, NOVEL.* is organized by Qendra Multimedia and Tirana Art Lab – Center for contemporary Art and coordinated by Elisabeth Desta and Sonja Lau. The workshop is held by researcher Ute Friederich and graphic novelist Barbara Yelin.

A project in cooperation with the Goethe Institut.

*APPLICATION PROCESS*

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To download the *Application Form *please visit* www.tiranaartlab.org <http://www.tiranaartlab.org/> *or see attached document.

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All applications arriving prior to the due date, *March 25, 2012*, will be taken into consideration, assessed, and a selection of participants chosen. The result of the selection will be announced by *April 15, 2012*. All applicants will be informed of their approval or decline in written form. If you are interested in being a part of the workshop *GRAPHIC, NOVEL*. please send a completed application form (see attachment), an artist statement, an idea for a possible research you want to deal with in the workshop, a short biography, a selection of recent works (literary or visual), and a picture of the artist by no later than *March 25, 2012* (date of receipt) to: Please specify in your statement why you would like to participate in the workshop in Pristina, and if you have any prior experience in working in the region.

 

Submission can be made either online or by sending a CD-ROM / works on paper. Please respect the format JPG and a resolution of 300 dpi for visual/graphic works. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Application on papers / CD-ROM cannot be returned to the sender.

 

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Elisabeth Desta

 

*Qendra Multimedia *

Rr. Xhelal Mitrovica p.n. Teatri Dodona

10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

 

Tel: +381 (0) 38 722 464

Mobil: +386 (0) 49290429

Fax: +381 38 222 793

 

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