TEXT – 5th International Artists’ Book Triennial Vilnius 2009

Sachsenhausen bookwork

(A few pages from the bookwork)

My bookworks were selected for the 5th International Artist’s Book Triennial by curator Kestutis Vasiliunas.They were exhibited in March 2009 at the Leipzig Book Fair in Germany and at the Gallery “Arka” in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Kestutis, Leipzig 2009

(Curator Kestutis Vasiliunas in Leipzig)

The exhibition will also be hosted at the following venues over the next year:

2009 September 12 – December 13, Art Centre Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Denmark

2010 Spring, Gallery Hübner Bokform, Halmstad, Sweden

2010 May, Seoul International Book Arts Fair, Seoul, Korea

2010 Venice, Italy

Here is the statement from the Art Centre Silkeborg Bad:

“[The exhibition will feature] Artists´ Books collected directly from the international and censored [juried] triennial in Vilnius, which for a number of years has been an important centre for this very special artistic expression, where graphic artists, blandformskunstnere, photographer[s], poets and conceptual artists consider the idea of “books” from different viewpoints. Artist’s books [are] an artistic expression which was developed in the 1960s and enlarge the concept of the traditional book.”

Triennial, Leipzig2009

(Exhibition in Leipzig)

And here is the curatorial statement from Kestutis Vasiliunas:

“330 artists from 56 different countries sent their books for the 5th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2009. The jury selected only 131 artists for the exhibition. It is sad and disappointing that so many artists were not included [in] the exhibition. But by organising this jubilee triennial, my purpose pursued was to make it simply the best. Not the best of just “my” triennials but, modestly speaking, at least to ensure that it is the top artistic level in Europe. I would like to thank all the authors who created and sent their books.

The theme of the 5th International Artist’s Book Triennial is Text. If compared with the themes of previous triennials, this theme is as if a step backwards, something more traditional. Probably. But if so, then first of all, that small step is a step towards oneself, towards one’s culture, towards one’s country, its uniqueness, language and writing. It is turning back towards each other, an attempt to establish a contact with [another] human being, irrespective of the country he or she lives in, language he or she speaks, religion he or she believes in. Letters, diaries or poetry expressed in words, images, from the heart. They are the words (In the beginning was the Word, John 1. 1) that acquired “body” from paper, metal, wood or any other material. They are the words that turned into an avalanche of typographic text, calligraphic letters or entirely vanished from the book pages with only punctuation marks, imprints on the paper leaf left.

The 5th Triennial displays the most interesting artist’s books from all over the world. It is the most wonderful experience to see [the] culture, traditions of different countries, [and] art schools reflected in the artists’ books created by the artists. Paper typographic books and books printed by the use of classic graphic techniques: wood engraving, silk-screen printing or lithography; books printed by mixed techniques by combining possibilities of digital printing with drawing, collage and object; concept and handmade embroidered books; books objects, le parello and Flux books. The key role here is played by the idea which materialises in multidimensional forms, and it is absolutely unimportant what means of expression were used in the book. Thus, whether they are “bibliophilic” books or experimental or books objects,  all of them by supplementing each other and contrasting with each other help to reveal miraculous and mysterious world of the artist’s book.

This exhibition is an invitation for dialogue. An invitation to share your “text” with others, an invitation to read the other authors’ words carefully, and to feel his or her soul trembling, heart beating. Thus, please accept this invitation.

Like always we have made the special conceptual catalogue full in colour. The catalogue has modern design, printed on good paper, whose sheets were ripped apart and bound by hand. The catalogue has an edition of 500, all catalogues are numbered.”

Click here to see an excerpt from the catalogue.

Sachsenhausen title page