SPLIT PRACTICES IMPACT 12
The Island Bristol
Split Practices curatorial concept is inspired by a quote from an interview by a Polish printmaker Krzysztof Tomalski “I do not believe in a void” when asked about the pandemic, meaning that we continued to build our narratives and practices even when faced with the new normal.
Printmaking narratives and practices presented here reflect contemporary printmaking achievements and new artistic expressions building on combinations of old and new, classical printmaking techniques and digital printmaking, technology and manual work, embedded in our social, historical and cultural experiences we had to face in these new paradigms. The paradigm shift that however, cannot be unlearnt is, even though we learned to share experiences online, the practice to exhibit and have contact with the actual printmaking artworks and objects and other fellow humans is essential and has remained so. The world has changed, our thoughts, methods and processes adapted, but the final aim of staging an actual exhibition stayed the same.
The verb “split“ in the title relates to idea that everything we knew so far has been broken and torn to pieces, but that we can mend this with showing expressions in printmaking practices that decided to bridge the void, exhibiting it to the public and realising that seeing the paper, the print, the format, the colour, is the paradigm that cannot be surpassed. “Split” is also a reference to the Splitgraphic Biennial and the town of Split that has been hosting it even during the pandemic years. The selected artists, each in their own printmaking voice present their artistic narratives created during the challenging pandemic time.
Marina Petit, Splitgraphic biennial
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