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The First International Biennial EX LIBRIS Exhibition "PAPER" is being organized by the Historical Archive of Pančevo, and publisher house "TEUTA" Pančevo.
  1. Artists from all over the world are entitled to participate. Each artist can send a maximum of 3 (three) original prints. Maximum image size is 10X15 cm. Maximum outside dimension of paper are 15 x 21 cm. The work may be executed in any known graphic art techniques. Artists can send works with completed application form to the address of the organizer:
  2. The deadline is 30th April 2006
  3. The theme of First EX LIBRIS Exhibition is "PAPER"
  4. Date of exhibition: The exhibition opens at Historical Archive Gallery, on November 7, 2006 and will be continued to January 10, 2006. The gallery reserves the right to extend the exhibition.
  5. All works that arrive in time will be shown at the exhibition. Works arriving after the 30th April 2006, but before the exhibition is laid out, will be exhibited but will not be reproduced in the catalogue of the exhibition.
  6. All works must be signed. Every EX LIBRIS must have the word ‘’EX LIBRIS’’ inside or a similar, and the text ‘’PAPER’’ in their own language.
  7. The organizer of the exhibition will publish a catalogue with data on all participating authors. Each author is entitled to one copy of the catalogue, which the organizer will forward to the artist's address upon closing of the exhibition. The works that arrive will remain in permanent possession of the Historical Archive of Pančevo and comprise the EX LIBRIS Collection.

A jury of experts will award Prize in cash and ten certificates of merit. The organizer reserves the right to reproduce the awarded works for publicity purposes (poster, invitation, catalogue, title). The authors of awarded works are also entitled to a separate written acknowledgement.

For all information please contact the
Telephone: ++381 13 317344
Fax: ++381 13 317344
E-mail: arhivp@panet.rs, www.arhivpancevo.org.yu

Organizing Committee of The First International Exhibition:

Artistic Council Organizing Committee of
The First International Exhibition The First International Exhibition:



Paper has a rich, colourful history which has spanned the world's geography and its cultures. To trace its development offers us insight into humanity's relentless imagination, creativity and sometimes folly. Thanks to the wonderful creation of paper many descriptions of our world have been stored so that we may share and learn from them. We have prepared the following history of paper, what it is used for and some words that are useful to know when talking about paper. We hope that this is an informative, useful and enjoyable document which inspires you, in the same way that we have been, about paper. We welcome your comments and contributions in graphic.
When we think of the origins of paper, our minds might wander back over 5000 years ago to the Nile river valley in Egypt. It was there that a marsh grass called Cyperous Papyrus flourished. The Egyptians cut thin strips from the plant's stem and softened them in the muddy waters of the Nile. These strips were then layered in right angles to form a kind of mat. The mat was then pounded into a thin sheet and left in the sun to dry. The resulting sheets were ideal for writing on. Since they were also lightweight and portable they became the writing medium of choice of Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for record keeping, spiritual texts and works of art. It is from papyrus that the word paper comes from. Although papyrus sheets were similar to paper in terms of function, being laminated sheets they were technically more like a mat and therefore not the same as the papers of today. Similar processes were developed in other lands - in Central America during the 2nd Century AD the Mayans fashioned a similar product for bookmaking. In the Pacific Islands, a paper was made by beating a fine bark over specially shaped logs to make clothes and ritual objects. However, none of these sheets would qualify as true paper today.
Paper as we know it today comes from China. Excavations of tombs of the former Han Dynasty (207BC-9AD) have revealed silk cloth bearing the texts of Lao Tzu - the father of Taoism (born in 604BC). In 105 AD, Han Emperor Ho-Tsi's chief eunuch T'sai Lun experimented with a wide variety of materials and refined the process of macerating the fibre of plants until each filament was completely separate.
It wasn't until the 3rd century that the secret art of papermaking began to creep out of China, first to Vietnam and then Tibet. It was introduced in Korea in the 4th century and spread to Japan in 6th
Papermaking spread slowly throughout Asia to Nepal and later to India. It made its true push westward in 751AD when the Tang Dynasty was at war with the Islamic world. During a battle on the banks of the Tarus river, Islamic warriors captured a Chinese caravan which happened to include several papermakers.
The notion of paper being used as a practical everyday item did not occur until the 15th Century. When Johann Gutenberg perfected movable type and printed his famous bible in 1456, he not only spread the word of Christianity and arts, but also sparked a revolution in mass communication. The birth of the modern paper and printing industry is commonly marked from this date.
Owing to the ceaseless imagination of humanity, the words you are reading at this moment are digitally arranged and sent across the world via the post.
Papers made in this tradition are durable, flexible and extremely versatile. They can be used by anyone for gift-wrapping, writing, drawing and painting. They are also used by craft-makers to produce books and binding, stationery and greeting cards, boxes, picture frames and so on. Paper also has many applications in architecture and interior design, such as wallpaper, screens, blinds and lampshades. By using techniques such as moulding and papier-mâché one can make almost anything - vases, trays, jewellery, furniture and utilitarian products such as cartons and packaging. In fact, paper is such a versatile medium, its uses are only limited to the imagination... So Dream On!
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