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[BKARTS] THE BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA SECOND INTERNATIONAL BIENNAL FOR THE ARTIST'S BOOK 2006
THE BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA SECOND INTERNATIONAL BIENNAL FOR THE ARTIST'S
Alexandria: A Cosmopolitan City
Since Alexandria was established in 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great and
until the Roman invasion led by Octavius in 30 B.C., Alexandria was one of
the world's greatest cities. Both culturally and socially it was the
capital of the Hellenistic World. Alexandria was the center of attraction,
where material wealth came from both Africa and Asia. It also attracted
many sources of great thought and culture from around the Greek World. The
city provided the energy and inspiration to convert this profound material
richness into civilization and emanate it throughout the Mediterranean.
For one thousand years, Alexandria maintained its superiority and held its
place at the apex of great thought and culture. It remained the gate
through which material richness was transformed into the intangible
spirituality that the East would inherit.
Now, on the surface nothing remains from ancient Alexandria, save from the
obelisk known as Pompey's pillar where the great Serapeum Temple once stood
tall. Almost everything else disappeared, buried beneath the sea water,
under the desert sands or dissolved into the mud on the banks of the Nile
and used as building material. Or perhaps it fell victim to the pillage of
the many foreign colonists. Even today we do not know the exact location of
ancient Mouseion and library of Alexandria. Most of the Ptolemaic
literature has disappeared and, the little that is known today was found in
translated Latin and Arabic texts.
However, for one thousand years Alexandria remained the greatest city of
the world in many respects. It was the greatest seaport and therefore a
center of world trade. It became a cosmopolitan society, to which no other
society compared, and in its library and Mouseion it held treasures of
knowledge and research, which became the most valuable source of
inspiration for artists and writers whose works, in turn, became models
stimulating the emulation of other intellectuals around the Mediterranean.
A symbol of civilization, Alexandria was a safe haven for iconoclasts and
refugees from all around the world. Alexandria was a citadel of
intellectual tolerance, religion and philosophy.
Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the city was the activity and
prosperity of the artists, scientists and scholars who came from all over
the world to work together at the Mouseion and the library, supported by
the state. To maintain, restore, collect, protect and add to what previous
generations had contributed. This group was able to maintain the torch of
knowledge. Without their efforts and even greater divide would have existed
between the ancient and modern worlds.
Once again a library has risen in Alexandria, once again emanating rays of
culture to enlighten the world like the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria
beckoning to everyone for another synergistic of culture, thought and art,
not only in the Mediterranean region, but throughout the whole world.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina proudly announces the 2nd Biennale for "The
Artist's Book" 2006.
Dr. Gamal Lamie
Call for the artists:
Bibliotheca Alexandrina announces the Second International Biennale for the
Artist's Book 2006. The exhibition will be held from 15 April to 25 May 2006.
You are cordially invited to participate in the Second International
Biennale for the Artist's Book 2006.
The artist is kindly asked to donate one edition to the Bibliotheca
Alexandrina's Book Arts collection.
Below is the application form to be filled by all participants. Please
send us your application via email to: <artistbook@xxxxxxxxxx>
Please send your artwork to the following address:
P.O. Box 138, Chatby
Completed applications must be received no later than: 10 November 2005
Original artwork must be received no later than: 15 January 2006
For any questions, please contact Dr. Gamal Lamie at: <artistbook@xxxxxxxxxx>
We look forward to your participation and our fruitful collaboration.
Dr. Gamal Lamie Dr. Mostafa El Razzaz Maestro
Sherif Mohie El Din
General Commissioner President of the Biennale Director of Arts
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Second International Biennale for the Artist's
Date of Birth
Street / No.
Cellular / Telephone No.
Name of Artwork
Number of Pages.
Curriculum Vitae (10 lines)
Please send the application form and the digital photos of your artwork,
and a digital photo of yourself/artist to: artistbook@xxxxxxxxxx
(All images are preferred to be in jpeg format and no more than 72 ppi)
Edelpappband / "Millimeter" Binding Bind-O-Rama, Entry Deadline - October 1, 2005
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