The key point of the exchange is for each artist to provide 14 prints of a given size in limited edition, created specifically for the event. Artists are allowed to work in any known classical techniques
of printmaking. The organizing studio of the exchange, NAPAPERI
, leaves two prints for the archive and exhibition-auction, other editions are returned to the participants through the means of 'draw'. Thus, by the end of the exchange, every participant has a chance to collect a few works of their colleagues. By taking part in such exchanges across the world, an artist has a unique opportunity
to garner a personal collection of original prints at home.
By each being represented by their own work, artists create a virtual project where the only common feature is the type of art — graphics. Authors wage a fight with material (metal, stone, linoleum, wood), which dictates its own rules. Under one roof audience will have an opportunity to see historical references, claim to relevancy, homage to their own tradition and yearning to personal rueful feelings. Ira Gvozdyk
is a graphic artist, gallery owner and collector, which herself has frequently participated in print exchanges abroad, curated a similar project in Ukraine. Together with printing studio "NAPAPERI"
, she organised a print exchange called UPE (Ukrainian Print Exchange)
, hoping that Ukrainian graphic art will gradually reach new heights, and could compete for its place on the global art fairs.