Der Comic Kontinent

A new generation of illustrators from Lithuania, Germany, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia will come together in a residency during the International Picturebook Festival in Müncheberg, from 19th to 26th of November.

Valeria Beloborodova (RUS), Greta Doubiene (LIT), Sofia Eliashvili (GEO), Ieva Gvazdaitytte (LIT), Eter Gzrishvili (GEO), Marika Haustein (D), Rasa Joni (LIT), Mariia Muravski (RUS), Lilya Niauri (RUS), Oleksandra Promska (UKR) and Margarita Winkler (UKR).

The Call for Applications already proved to be a big success: More than 175 applications of illustrators and (comic) artists were sent to the festival team and jury – from Siberia to Western Germany, from Tbilisi to Kyiv. The expert jury – existing of Anton Valkovsky (Art historian and expert for contemporary art), Otar Karalashvili (Director of Book Art Centre Tbilisi), Natalya Gayda(Artist and illustrator, Lviv), Sigute Chlebinskaite (Illustrator and founder of Land of Books, Vilnius) and Sarah Wildeisen (Founder and Curator of the International Picturebook Festival) chose a shortlist of 11 final participants. These young artists – aged between 23 and 35 – come from the capitals as well as provincial towns: Tbilisi, Moscow, Hamburg, Kaunas, Marjampole, Lviv, Rivne and Voronezh. They are self-educated or graduated from art schools and academies. But all have in common, that they have are in the beginning of their career and have not published own books before.

In the idyllic region around Müncheberg, the artists will work collectively and individually on questions and interpretations of the topic „Truth and Lie“. The well-known German illustrator #JuttaBauer (Hamburg) will support the work as a mentor and head of workshop. In the end, as a result there will be a pop-up exhibition and a book, which will be presented on 25th of November in #Müncheberg, on 5th/6th of December in #Tbilisi and on 7th/8th of December in #Lviv.

The residency is supported by the Auswärtiges Amt (Federal Foreign Office) in the framework of the programme „Supporting Civil Society Cooperation in Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia“ and by the Lietuvos kultūros institutas / Lithuanian Culture Institute. Partners: წიგნის ხელოვნების ცენტრი /The Book Art Center, Мистецька рада „Діалог“, Project Initiative Volgograd/Moscow and KNYGŲ ŠALIS Vilnius.