• The event includes a large exhibition, round tables, workshops and debates: 15 participating countries, foreign artists present in Bucharest
From May 9 to 22, Bucharest will host the 5th edition of the European Comics Salon, Bucharest will host the 5th edition of the European Comics Salon (SEBD), a project of the EUNIC Romania cluster, developed with the support of the European Commission Representation.
The new edition is held under an extremely actual theme, RESPECT, chosen in compliance with the latest events that marked both the European political and social life: conflicts, debates on the refugee crisis or the uncertainty caused by the terrorism outbreaks.
The works of the artists coming from the 15 countries included in this project (Austria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, UK, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Netherlands), which will be exhibited for two weeks at Rezidenta Scena9 (32 I. L. Caragiale Street), reflect this theme and the new architecture of the European political and social tensions.
The central partner in the development of the thematic concept of this year’s exhibition is the “Respect” Project, initiated in Russia, aiming to bring into discussion current social and political topics, through the comics. Five countries that are present at the exhibition – UK, Spain, Germany, Finland and France – will attend this year’s edition of the Salon with works within this project: “There are stories bringing to the fore the invisible people around us, choices which young people are facing, or the interaction between minorities and majorities.
There will also be creations such as the Dutch contribution, or Sara Granér’s Swedish contribution, speaking about the need for human warmth. Greek artist Dimitra Adamopououlu from Greece, Czech artist Toy Box and the Austrian work of the Blickwinkel Project reflect the refugee crisis, while the Polish comics are focused on the Roma history in Europe. Tolerance is reminded in the works of the Italian and Cypriot artists, while the story of the Estonian artist Maarika Martins gives an optimistic example of openness to the others. Particularly, the variety of the works on social themes signed by Romanian artists is impressive; this is a segment of the exhibition curated by Alexandru Ciubotariu, a partner dedicated to this project with great professionalism, since the first edition”, stated Eliabeth Marinkovic, the Manager of the Austrian Cultural Forum, the coordinator of the SEBD 2017 edition.
The schedule of the events planned for this year complies with the same semantic direction. “Comics supporting women: sexual harassment and trafficking in human beings”, “The representation of marginal in comics”, “Graphic reflections on depression, loneliness and adult life”, “Labeling and bullying in schools” – these are just some of the themes that will be debated at this year’s edition of the European Comics Salon. The program also includes a number of events dedicated to related specializations, such as the one dedicated to the comics’ translators, organized in partnership with the Romanian Association of Literary Translators (ARTLIT). A dense schedule of round tables, debates and presentations, events addressing both to professionals and to the general public, designed and coordinated by the “Jumatatea Plina” Association and conducted with the support of the participating institutes.
For this year’s edition of the European Comics Salon, Experimental Project and Olivia Nitis were in charge with the design and implementation of the exhibition concept of the salon. The logo of this edition is signed by the artist Alexandru Ciubotariu, who is also the curator of the Romanian exhibition.
The launch of the project takes place right on the Europe Day, on May 9, through an original event, putting together the opening of the exhibition hosted by Rezidenta Scena9 and a live music and drawing performance, held by the Austrian band Bonnage Horreur.
European Comics Salon is a project of the EUNIC Romania Cluster (European Network of the national Cultural Institutes): the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Czech Center, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the French Institute, the Goethe-Institut Bucuresti, the Greek Cultural Foundation, the Italian Cultural Institute, the British Council, Polish Institute in Bucharest, the Cervantes Institute, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania, the Embassy of Sweden in Bucharest), developed this year with the participation of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Romania, the Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Bucharest, the Embassy of Finland in Bucharest, and with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Romania. The organization of this year’s SEBD edition is institutionally coordinated by the Austrian Cultural Forum.