This edition of IEEB will focus on socio-political issues in Central and Eastern Europe in relation to the Western ones, highlighted by image multiplication techniques and will address several key questions:
• What are (if there are) the conceptual and aesthetic differences and similarities between
these areas reflected through the East -West paradigm?
• Does contemporary printmaking reflect its socio-political past and does the westernization
of Eastern Europe after the fall of the communist regime contribute to the definition of
a new cultural identity?
• Does the complex of being a former communist society influence the relationship between
Eastern and Western artists?
• How is printmaking in Eastern Europe still linked to its useful function of multiplying and
spreading information in favor of a political system or against it?
• Is the utilitarian function through technique, even considering its subversive message,
responsible for cutting off printmaking from the “mainstream”?
• Seen merely as a technique why is printmaking less important than the other techniques
of contemporary art, which are in fact not regarded as such?