Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Exhibitions of IPEP 2013

Rajesh Pullarwar | Mumbai | India | 15 Oct 2013

Silvia Sala | Melzo | Italy | 28 Oct 2013

Juha Laakso & Raija Korppila | Raahe | Northern Finland | 27 Feb 2015

Thursday, 11 July 2013

IPEP 2013

International Print Exchange Programme (IPEP), India

is an initiative through which printmakers can share their work with other printmakers and thus get a chance to have multiple exhibitions worldwide and a collection of prints from all over the world. The sole purpose of IPEP is that of sharing print and creating a network of connections with printmakers from around the world and creating an awareness of printmaking as a form of Art by creating more viewership.

For a few years now, my artist friends and I, have been unofficially exchanging our works with each other. Which has become quite popular and has led to a platform where constructive criticism and sharing of knowledge appears to thrive. Some of us have also turned into serious art collectors in due course. I am trying to take this very same idea to a larger scale and give it a global platform by International Print Exchange Programme.

Lina Vincent Sunish wrote about IPEP 2013

Printmaking has always thrived in the collective; it is a social medium and is as much about expression as it is about sharing.
The history of printmaking as a fine art practice in India is short, but filled with interesting movements and the contributions of numerous artists who have shaped modern and contemporary Indian art. In the last two decades, with the rise of the ‘Indian art Market’ the medium seemed to see a steady decline in recognition, and patronage. Some of the reasons why it has been relegated to the periphery of art historical discourse in the subcontinent are the lack of awareness and understanding of the medium; a demanding market that undervalues work on paper (particularly those in editions); constant confusion of printmaking techniques with those of commercial reproduction; and the lack of community studios with facilities to practice printmaking.
The recent slowing down of the economy perhaps did a good turn to the medium, as its inherent qualities of being accessible and affordable by a larger public came to the fore. Among a series of exhibitions and collective projects working towards highlighting the intrinsic expressiveness of printmaking, is Rajesh Pullarwar’s International Print Exchange Program, which brings together nineteen artists from different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures, purely bound by their passion for printmaking.  The artists’ preoccupations are varied, and the compilation is marked by its diverse content and imagery. Personal histories, collective memories, the experience of urban, environmental and cultural change - themes that are common to artists the world over, and that are consequently familiar – appear in the various representations. This provides a rich confluence of contemporary thought articulated through different (and similar) aesthetic choices and devices.
This project is an attempt at creating a common space for dialogue, both verbal and visual, through the power of the multiple: a collective vision ‘of the printmakers, by the printmakers, for the printmakers'

 Printmakers Prints 2013

Ana Cvjic | Serbia | Aquatint

Anant Nikam | India | etching

Asmaa Hasmi | UK | Photopolymer

 Avinash Motghare | India | etching
Bhushan Vagal | India | etching

 Ian McNicol | Scotland | Intaglio

Juha Laakso | Finland | Photo etching

Medha Satpalkar | India | etching, Chinacolle , emboss


Paul Valadez | USA | Surface Printing

Prasad Nikumbh | India | etching

Raija Korppila | Finland | Photo etching

Rajan fulari | India | etching

Rajesh Pullarwar | India | Serigraph

Silvia Sala | Italy | Relief printing

Rajan fulari | India | etching

Victor Hugo | Mexico | Silicographia

Vushakha Apte | India | etching

Zlemeša | Latvia | etching

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