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The Language of Picture
October 4 @ 4:00 pm - October 17 @ 10:00 am
On 4th of October at 16:00 The Language of Picture: Exhibition of Georgian and Lithuanian Illustrations will be opened at Contemporary Art Space Batumi.
This exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of the two nations’ contemporary children’s books and their illustrations. The viewers have the opportunity to see how the images made by artists are eventually integrated into books, and how these images interact with the text.
On the one hand, this joint exhibition highlights the trends prevalent in the art of each country and reveals a variety of styles and artistic idiom of the Lithuanian and Georgian illustrators. On the other hand, we see how similar we are, as we speak the universal language of pictures and narrate our stories through images. This language doesn’t need translators: it is easily understood by children and adults alike.
The Lithuanian section of the exhibition presents the fifteen most famous artists actively involved in creating children’s books. Most of the children’s books displayed here have won awards in Lithuania; many of them have been translated into other languages and published by foreign publishing houses. It is also important to note that the collection consists of works by authors from different generations.
The exhibition presents works of 17 Georgian illustrators, which were chosen by a German curator – Ulrike Nikel, was exhibited at the 2018 Berlin Book Islands Festival, and later at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where Georgia was invited with the status of a guest of honor. Of the presented works, many have participated and gotten awards in prestigious international and local illustration competitions and several books have also been published in various languages abroad.
After closing the Tbilisi International Book Fair, the exhibition will travel to three Georgian cities: Dusheti, Telavi and Batumi. The exhibition will be accompanied by workshops, which will be conducted by Georgian and Lithuanian illustrators for kids.
The project is being implemented in terms of the “Support to Internationalization of Culture – Georgia in Europe, Europe in Georgia” program.
• Vilnius Graphic Art Centre
• Studio Illustrator
• Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia
• Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Georgia
• National Book Center of Georgia
• Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association
• Writers’ House of Georgia
• Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara Autonomous Republic
• Contemporary Art Space, Batumi
• Lithuanian Culture Institute