This year, just like on every edition, the festival has prepared several parallel events. Please find them below:
Film Photography Exhibition
An intriguing film photography exhibition, by Andrei Budescu, featuring views from the isolated Lhasa, will be inaugurated by the Romanian Chargé d’affaires a.i. Daniela SEZONOV-ŢANE, at the Leventis Gallery on Monday 6th May. It will be also on show until the end of the festival at the Cultural Centre of the European University, Cyprus.
Andrei Budescu’s photography exhibition reveals a rarely exposed territory – Lhasa – the capital of Tibet. An autonomous Region and a very controversial one. From the jewelry magazine to the sacred temples, Lhasa presents itself as a place where capitalism and mysticism seem to be entangled. The images bring forward a visual trip from Beijing to Lhasa by train, the dry and high landscape of Tibet and a route through the old city. The photos are shot on an Ilford HP5 black and white photographic film that due to technical mishaps show small graphic accidents that complement the visual space in an unconventional way. Andrei Budescu, a visual artist living and working in Cluj-Napoca is an Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Photo-Video Image Processing of the University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca.
“Colour Troubles” Children’s Illustrations exhibition
This exhibition is the result of two fascinating workshops for children that took place at the European University Cyprus on Friday 5th April and Sunday 7th April, led by Dr Sophia Hadjipapa-Gee, Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Mr Tasos Anastasiades, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design.
The workshops are a co-organisation of the Arts Department of the European University Cyprus and I LOVE GRAPHIC festival (www.ilovegraphic.net). The children created illustrations based on the children’s book written by Chrystalla Kaiafa, entitled “Chromatombelades”. During the workshops, the children had the opportunity to become familiar with the basics of illustration. The children’s creations will be displayed at a special exhibition on Wednesday 8 May, the day of the Festival’s Award ceremony. The illustrated storybook will then be published by the Maronite Women’s Association.
Copper Mouflon Art Booth
Copper Mouflon is a cooperation between a writer and an illustrator, both passionate about creating comics, who want to share their stories with the world.
The writer (that’s Chris) proclaims a passion for stories of all types and is always on the lookout for a good twist. When he’s not writing stories, he’s either consuming them or contemplating the ceiling; he says it helps with creativity or something.
The artist (Stella) studied illustration in the UK and has finished her MA in Cyprus. She uses both traditional and digital media for her drawings and likes to show beauty through unconventional ways. If she’s not holding a pen in her hands she’s probably playing video games.
Together they have produced several comics, including Kingdom of the Red Rose (chapters 1&2), Demon’s Drive, Last Moments, Pernach Master and a short story titled Stay Centered. They have also taken part in an anthology called ‘Trial Run’ in cooperation with Alredge Comics. They are currently working on a thriller/drama webcomic titled ‘Missing Pieces’ that’s free to read on Webtoon.
At the festival they will show a video of about 15 minutes on a loop presenting the work the group has done and released as Copper Mouflon, even older work that no longer exists in physical copies. The video will also include the artist’s process of creating panels and other pieces of work.
Original A3 hand drawn pages of the comic Demon’s Drive will be on display at the art booth
Additionally there will be a table with their comics for sale.
This will include the following titles:
- Missing Pieces – Issue 1
- Demon’s Drive – 1 shot
- Pernach Master – short comic
- Stay Centered – A short illustrated story
At the table there will also be various A4 and A5 artwork that the artist created, for sale.
Finally, there will a tablet with the group’s webcomic on it for anyone who wants to read it and the public will be able to interact in person with the authors at the booth during the award ceremony (8th of May, 18:00 – 21:30) to learn more about the group’s work or comics in general.