Yesterday, 15 May 2021, I was in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I
was there on the invitation of the artist Angela Barbour, curator and IAPMA
Coordinator for an international art project. I wrote about it… http://www.heiditrautmann.com/category.aspx?CID=2314753181#.YKC65qgzaUk
you believe it? I could witness the opening ceremony of this art event with my
feet in Cyprus and my mind and heart in Sao Paulo to see all the Postal Artists
Books that have been created within two years, have circumnavigated our globe,
and are presently exhibited at the Oswald de Andrade Gallery in Sao Paulo and
will make part of the International Artist Book Library. A long sentence but it
was a long and problematic road, this art project was travelling on, for the
curator and for the artists from 36 countries who were anxiously waiting for
their art work to reach their partners in another country and who then had to
send it to Brazil for the exhibition. I was witness to the impatience and worry
of our three local artists in Cyprus, Inci Kansu, Ismet Tatar and Mandana
Mehrnia for literally months during the pandemic years of 2020/2021. Some of
the artists books are still on the road, somewhere, hindered by the worldwide
restrictions on all levels. However, it is a great sign of hope in these
troubled times, that they have succeeded and we are now able to see this
wonderful exhibition. Actually, I don’t have to say much, as the video is now
here with us under the following link.
two hours I followed Angela’s steps from one table to the next, showing us the
artists’ books, explaining the techniques and, when available, also talk to the
told, stories about the small things in life, about the beauty of their
country, a walk along a river finding beautiful leaves. Two stories in each
book. All kind of different papers were used in different techniques, handmade
paper, papyrus, material from nature, to make these books, mostly as laparello,
small, about 15x15cm; in folding and cutting technique, as collages, and often
together with a handwritten story, a poem, calligraphy, You could feel the joy
the artists had.
the idea to make this exhibition travel to other countries, will materialize
soon, and it may one day come to Cyprus. I will certainly let my readers know.
enjoy the walk through the exhibition and perhaps it gives you some ideas of
your own, ideas about cooperation with other artists, other people. We would
need that right now.