LKA begins work on 2020 Print Biennale
In the quiet Lalit Kala Akademi headquarters here, preparations are underway for the second edition of the International Print Biennale, a major exhibition of global printmaking, which is slated for February – March 2020, and has a special focus on ASEAN and SAARC nations with Poland as the guest country. The first eight-member ‘steering committee’ meeting, that officially set the ball rolling for the month-long Biennale, took place earlier this month with Akademi Chairperson Uttam Pacharne helming it. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe ASEAN and SAARC focus will be reflected in the Biennale entrance fee for the artists, and participants from these member-nations will pay around $21 (Rs 1,500) as compared to $50 (Rs 3,400). For Indian artists, the entrance fee would be Rs 1,000. The star of the Biennale is, however, the central European country of Poland, which has a rich tradition of printmaking. “Around the 15th century, Mughal Emperor Jahangir had a lot of etchings in his portfolio. Then, during our freedom struggle, printmaker Chittaprosad Bhattacharya made woodcuts of images of the independence movement and spread it using book covers,” Avni Bansal, a printmaker and a Lalit Kala awardee assisting the Biennale programme, said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShe added that in most regional centres of the Akademi, equipment for making prints – lithographs, woodcuts, intaglio, serigraphs, and relief prints – is present and is being upgraded. As a precursor to the second print biennale, national artist camps will take place in Hyderabad and Santiniketan in West Bengal. The artist-members of this year’s steering committee include Jin Sook Shinde, Kanchan Chander, Hanuman Kambli, Dattatraya Bankar, Chippa Sudhakar, V Nagdas, Ajit Seal and Dilip Tamuli. The first edition of the Biennale, that kickstarted in March 2018, saw participation from 17 countries including the US, the UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Argentina, Greece, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius. The number of entries at the international level was 137 of which 50 artists were selected, and 73 of their prints were on display.