8th International Lithographic Symposium Tidaholm Sweden 23/7 – 7/8 2022
The Lithographic Academy in Tidaholm, Sweden, has since 1990 arranged international symposiums concerning lithographic art. The purpose with the symposiums is to make the lithographic art visible, to promote research in the field of lithographic art and to work as a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences between people interested in lithographic art.
This exchange of experiences takes part in a number of seminars and workshops during the first week of the symposium. During all of the symposium lithographic art from all over the world is shown in different galleries. In these exhibitions you can experience the richness and diversity that
is contained in the lithographic media.
The symposiums also aim to strengthen the international network around lithographic art that has
grown since the start of the symposiums 30 years ago.
The 8th International Lithographic Symposium was scheduled to 2019, but due to the Corona
pandemic it was postponed to 2022.
Previous symposiums have often focused on a special theme which has aimed to highlight some interesting development within lithography or to promote some cultural area.
Special theme for the symposium 2022 was Mexico.
The Lithographic Academy in Tidaholm has since the beginning of the symposiums cultivated a close contact with lithographers in Mexico. This contact has resulted in artist residencies and exchange of skills and printing equipment.
In the last 10 years the development of graphic art, especially lithographic art, in Mexico has been very vivid and a great number of new workshops has been established. This has made the Mexican graphic art scene very interesting and the Lithographic Academy considered it a good opportunity at the 8th International Lithographic Symposium to pass on knowledge about the Mexican situation through it´s international network.
The Mexican partner with whom the Lithographic Academy above all has cooperated with is La Ceiba Grafica in Veracruz, a multifaceted workshop founded and run by the artist Per Andersson.
Theme Mexico also ment that one of the symposium galleries, the Lithographic Museum, entirely was dedicated to Mexican lithographic art. Responsible for the selection of Mexican art was La Ceiba Grafica with Per Andersson. Furthermore one Mexican artist and one printer were invited to pass on knowledge of contemporary Mexican lithographic art. This was done in seminars and workshops.
Opening of the Symposium
The symposium was opened at 23/7 with speeches of Eva Eriksson, chairman of the Lithographic Academy, Conny Brännberg, chairman of the cultural department at Region West Sweden and Per Andersson, Universidad Veracruzana.
At the end of the opening My Kullsvik contributed with song and music.
With the opening ceremony all three symposium galleries were opened for the public.
From 24/7 until 29/7 a huge program of seminars and workshops was implemented with morning seminars at Marbodal Center and afternoon workshops at Tidaholm Graphic Workshop.
The seminars were given by participating artists, printers, art teachers, students and curators from different countries.
A great number of subjects were approached where the participants, among other things, could make virtual visits at different workshops around the world, get information on new printing techniques and learn different ways to approach the lithographic stone. Anna Trojanowska from Poland for example, shared a poetic comment on the dancing qualities of the stone.
According to the theme of the symposium,Per Andersson gave a profound report on the position of lithography in Mexico.
Among other seminars can be mentioned:
”Real Gold Lustre in Lithography”, a speech by Sanjay Kumar from India around the use of gold in the printing process.
”Lithography – Language”, a poetic reflection by Serena Smith, England, concerning the memory of the stone and how it appears in the process and communicates messages from previous images.
”Journey of the Stone” where Olivia Christen from Germany shared her experiences from visiting different workshops.
”Printmaking, social engagement and non-tangible cultural heritage” by Fritz Best, Germany, who discussed the ability of graphic art to evoke questions and commitment by the audience.
By a series of lectures the participants gained insight in methods and possibilities that exist in different workshops, for example in HAW ( University of applied Sience ) Hamburg, Academy of Fine Art Dresden, Grafikwerkstatt Dresden, BBK Bethanien Berlin, Academy of Fine Art Maharshi Dayanand University India and La Ceiba Grafica Mexico.
Simon Burder gave an overview of the position of lithography in the UK and Michael Barnes made a speech on ” Lithography in the Heartland of America”.
Jim Berggren, Sweden, made an upgrade around the European collaborative project ENDEGRA.
During the first week of the symposium the afternoons were devoted to workshops which took place at the Tidaholm Graphic Workshop, neighbour to Marbodal Center where the seminars took place.
By the workshops participating artists and printers displayed different techniques for printing, ink making, paper making etc.
During all of the symposium Ernst Hanke and Patrick Wagner implemented a workshop at the Schnellpresse, where the participants could follow the development of a lithographic edition day by day.
As well Edgar Canos and Daniel Barazza from Mexico showed their printing methods during all of the first week.
Carolyn Muskat, USA, showed her method for ”Lemon Etch Litho”
Angela Schröder, Germany, made a workshop with the theme ”The Stone is a patient Animal” and Sanjay Kumar, India, displayed his method for gold printing.
Among other workshops can be mentioned Peter Stephan, Germany, who showed ways to combine different printing techniques. Peter Hofmann, Germany, who showed ”Transfer printing and negativ conversion-rubber scribing technique”.
Appreciated workshops were also implemented by Franz Hoke, Dresden, Mathias Mrowka, Berlin, and Jim Berggren, Sweden.
A paper making workshop was given by Heike Berl, Germany.
In seminars and workshops around 50 artists and printers contributed from which the majority lived at Hellidens Folkhögskola where they also were served breakfast.
During both symposium weeks lithographic art from all over the world was exhibited in three galleries; Konstlitografiska Muséet, Rudbecksgymnasiet and Tidaholms Konsthall.
Konstlitografiska museet was entirely devoted to Mexican art according to the special theme of the symposium; Mexico.
At Rudbecksgymnasiet and Tidaholms Konsthall art from 22 countries was shown. These countries were spread from USA to China, from Norway to Argentina.
In the exhibitions one could experience the vast artistic width that is contained in the lithographic media. Single artists exhibited together with representatives from Art Academies and different printing workshops.
Around 200 artists took part in the exhibitions and they showed 347 pieces of art.
The exhibitions were in two weeks visited by 1.494 persons.
In the first week of the symposium Marbodal Center was also used for mingle and networking. In the evenings the participants were offered foods, drinks and some musical entertainment.
For the implementation of the symposium the Lithographic Academy is very grateful for all assistance and support from members in the Academy, Litografins Vänner and Tidaholms Konstförening.
A big thanks also for the generous support the Academy has received from:
Västra Götalandsregionens Kulturnämnd
Föreningen för Grafisk Konst, Nationalmuseum.