|On the occasion of the Estonian Book Year and the
110th anniversary of the birth of the most famous Estonian bookbinder, Eduard
Taska, the Estonian Association
of Designer Bookbinders, the Estonian
Leather Artists Union, and the National Library of Estonia are
pleased to invite you to participate in the International Exhibition of
Artistic Bookbinding and Calligraphy that will take place in the Tallinn
Art Hall from September 21st to October 22nd, 2000.
The exhibition has the patronage of the Open Estonia Foundation, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Estonian National Culture Foundation, and the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
The exhibition is open to artists of different fields who would like to express their relation to the book: to the book as a binding, to the book as an object, to the book as a text, employing any possible materials or techniques.
Two collections of poetry that have been printed and numbered specially for this event will be delivered to the
bookbinders participating in the exhibition. The poetry has been written by two
distinguished Estonian poets:
Calligraphers will also use the texts mentioned above. They will receive photocopies of the poems.
Each participant will receive two collections of poetry, one by Doris Kareva and the other by Jaan Kaplinski. The artists are asked to use at least one of these collections in their creative work. Spatial as well as plain illustrations may be added.
An International Jury will gather on May 15, 2000 to select twelve bindings and three calligraphic compositions the authors of which will all receive non-monetary awards of equal value. All participants will receive a diploma.
After the exhibition, the objects will be returned to the artists.
Applications should be sent to Sirje Kriisa, President of the Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders, at the address of the Organizing Committee by December 30, 1999.
The exhibits, the biographies of creative output,
and the technical descriptions of the objects will be accepted at the
latest by May 5, 2000 address of the Organizing Committee:
The poetry of Doris Kareva and Jaan Kaplinski, the
poets admired in Estonia, renders the reader endless linguistic associations.
Enjoy them and let the images overcome you. Create a unique visual framework
for these poetic lines, offering new forms, formats, proportions, ingenious
combinations of materials, and inventive technical devices. Deny, affirm,
cite, complete, paint, draw, print, photograph, or install. Radiate and
Restrain, or liberate yourself!