In Central and Eastern Europe, with strong national identities, where the language is often a political instrument of division, we wanted to gather calligraphers, practitioners of language as art, and to communicate their works.
We hope that these meetings be transcended by the aesthetics and emotion, ignoring linguistic and national barriers.
This exhibition invites you to discover a practice often ignored, or associated with old time: calligraphy. While our newspapers lament the gradual loss of handwriting practice in favor of the computer keyboard, the artists decided to flourish in this discipline, even by including new technologies.
It is to discover, or rediscover, art, languages, and people living differently in different countries, but flourishing in the same expression. This adventure interested calligraphers inspired by the idea of sharing.
The exhibition brings together various works, technically: traditional calligraphy and digital as well as ornaments texts and obviously geographically and linguistically. To anchor us in a contemporary dynamics, we would like to present young calligraphers, working in their native language.
The exhibition presents a portrait of the artist side of his works. These will be mostly prints made for the event, the transport of originals being relatively risky and expensive especially for our structure (students association).
We begin by presenting the exhibition in the buildings of the Sorbonne, then in the Trizay Abbey and now in Suresnes.
the CIMER* project, a human adventure which takes place every year.
the instigators of this exhibitions study in the CIMER master degree. This master degree is aimed to train the future professionals of culture and cross-cultural communication. As topics, it contains communication and museum studies focused on central and eastern Europe.
By opening to other cultures in terms of teaching, the degree is also open to students from diverse backgrounds and countries, to the meeting of several disciplines and visions that aims to the knowledge of this "other" Europe.
It is a habit every year that the students, while studying theory, confront themselves to the practice of museum studies by building up an exhibition. Doing so, they try to promote arts and culture of central and eastern Europe in France and all over Europe.
Last year, students created the CIM&Co association to get a formal structure. They make an exhibition around Romanian culture, that is still travelling around Europe (it is now in the Institut Français of Iași (Romania), for the International Festival of Literature and Translation.)
This association is now between the hands of the new class, whom wishes to continue the habit to improve their professional skills, but also to help the better understanding of central and eastern european cultures.
This year, the exhibition will firstly take place in the Sorbonne, at the Malesherbes center, and will be open to all, allowing students of all the curriculum to travel across the universe of these countries and artists, all linked by the love of lettering and calligraphy.
*stands for: Communication Interculturelle et Muséologie de l'Europe Rénovée / Intercultural communication and museum studies in renewed Europe (understood: central and eastern Europe)