GRAPHIC, NOVEL. Sketching W. G. Sebald in Pristina.

GRAPHIC, NOVEL. Sketching W. G. Sebald in Pristina.

Friday, May 11, 2012
Exhibition opens at: 7.30 pm
At: Qendra Multimedia

NEW ADDRESS: Rruga Idriz Gjilani 7/9 – 1, Lagja Dardania
Përballë Shkollës Fillore »Xhemajl Mustafa«, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

The group exhibition GRAPHIC, NOVEL presents the results of the five day workshop »GRAPHIC, NOVEL. Sketching W. G. Sebald in Pristina.«, which took place from May 5, 2012 to May 9, 2012 at the Qendra Multimedia, Pristina. Eight emerging artists from Belgium, Kosovo, Albania, Slovenia, Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina were invited to create new, context-specific visual narratives based on their interaction with the city of Pristina.

Under the direction of the graphic novelist Barbara Yelin (DE) and researcher Ute Friederich (DE), the artists approached their production by drawing on the distinct techniques of remembrance suggested by German author W. G. Sebald (1944 – 2001). Also Sebald famously utilized 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, the interplay of image and text in Sebald’s work produces an »excess of meaning«, which cannot be fully resolved.

Taking the works of Sebald as a point of departure, the artists rethought the dynamics between the two mediums in the context of Pristina, eager to tackle what suggests itself as »grey areas«. Their individual suggestions displayed in the exhibition present a compelling picture of how to express notions of a city somewhere between what can be said and what can be drawn.

The project GRAPHIC, NOVEL is the first international collaboration dedicated exclusively to the depiction of Pristina, keen to rethink both the poetic and historical potentials of Graphic Novels. It is also the first attempt to stir a regional graphic novel scene that is nurtured by interdisciplinary research rather than by mere storytelling and classic heroism.

With: Mathis Eckelmann (*1982, Germany), Zgjim Elshani (*1990, Kosovo), Mina Fina (*1978, Slovenia), Christina Gransow (*1980, Germany), Jelle Kindt (*1981, Belgium), Neven Misaljević (*1979, Bosnia-Herzegovina), Gerta Oparaku (*1980, Albania), Ester Vanhoutte (*1985, Belgium). The artists will be present during the opening of the exhibition.

»GRAPHIC, NOVEL. Sketching W. G. Sebald in Pristina.« is a collaborative project of the Qendra Multimedia, Pristina, and Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art, Tirana, organized by Elisabeth Desta and Sonja Lau. The workshop was held by researcher Ute Friederich and graphic novelist Barbara Yelin. The exhibition GRAPHIC, NOVEL is taking place in the framework of the »POLIP Literature Festival« from May 11, 2012 to May 13, 2012.

Made possible through the kind support of the Goethe-Institut Belgrad, the Deutschzentrum Tirana and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

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