FIG. 1.1 — WHAT THE FIG. IS THAT?!
Although it’s a pandemic, you’re always welcome to get your hands dirty when it comes to art.
FIG. 1, the Festival for Illustration and Graphics, is the event dedicated to those who are still not afraid to do that — the artists.
The festival’s diverse two-week programme consists of workshops, talks and inspiring exhibitions by emerging local artists whom we figured you’d love.
We invite you to become part of our event — scroll down and discover what awaits you.
23.06 – 04.07
23.06, 17:00 – 21:00
Illustration & print pop-up
During the event, the selected artists illustrate their personal view of/through the window, which is seen as a portal to the world outside and what is inside us. The works will be available for purchase and will be presented in special spaces in the gallery, curated by the artists themselves to best illustrate their world.
FIG 1.2 — Group exhibition. Several exhibitionists showing their bodies of work to a wider audience.
29.06 – 12.07
29.06, 17:00 – 21:00
“Camp Life” is a solo exhibition by Elena Nazarova (Elenka) where she’ll reveal to us the severe conditions of life in the biggest refugee camp in Europe – Moria. Through a series of illustrations and installations, Elenka will carry us to this world that seems so far away from us. She'll drive us out of our comfort zone to provoke empathy and solidarity towards the people who are being held there.
FIG. 1.3 — Solo Exhibition. A one-man show with a woman as its host in this case.
11:00 – 16:00
In their workshop „Monomyth“, the founders of the platform for independent publications „TI-RE“ will show us the diverse options for illustrating when building a specific visual narrative. The workshop is based on the theory of the common structure of most of the stories, which is also the inspiration for the name of the event.
FIG. 1.4 — Monomyth. When the character of a story goes to hell and back, only to return to the contentment of their meaningless existence.
10:00 – 17:00
Blood Becomes Water
Rosie Eisor (Blood Becomes Water) will show us the secrets of making DIY zines and books. At the end of her workshop, each participant would leave with his publication and a set of valuable skills learned during the event.
FIG 1.5 — Zine. An independent publication that’s not afraid of showing a specific topic in a way that’s most unpleasant for mainstream lovers.
10:00 – 17:30
RISO & SCREEN PRINTING
Miroslav Zhivkov — Dzhingibi (NoPoint Atelier) will show us the process & the particularities of riso printing. Through a mix of techniques, the participants will create a series of images that will become part of one unique art book, made as a result of the workshop.
FIG 1.6 — Risograph. A duplicator that makes cheap prints look expensive. The best thing broke-ass illustrators can learn doing to finally sell their art.
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This project was implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria