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Call for Artists: 2021 Shanghai International Paper Biennale

30 May 2021 @ 8:00 am 23 July 2021 @ 5:00 pm EDT

For more information, regulations for the exhibition and entry form click HERE.

Under the guidance of shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, Organizing Committee of Oriental Beauty Valley Art Festival, Fengxian, Shanghai and Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts,  Shanghai international Paper Art Biennale , 2021 is sponsored by Culture and Tourism Bureau of Fengxian District, Shanghai ,organized by Fengxian Museum,School of Fashion Design,Paper+ Studio and Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, co-organized by Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation and Promotion Center of Fengxian District, Shanghai . Supporting International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists,Institute of Handmade Paper University of Science and Technology of China,Institute of Chinese Folk Art of South China University of Technology and Magazine of Shanghai Art & Crafts.

The theme of the Biennale will be planned against the backdrop of the pandemic.The Biennale consists of an exhibition, a seminar ,International resident creation project and a series of cultural and artistic activities. The exhibition will take place in the Fengxian Museum. Nearly 100 paper artists from all over the world  will be invited to present more than 100 exhibits at the exhibition. There will be three exhibition areas:  Traditional  Paper Art Area, International Paper Art Area, and last but least, 2021 IAPMA 35th Anniversary Touring Exhibition Area. The themes of the three exhibition areas will be intertextual, sharing faith and strength for the global fight against the epidemic.International academic seminars will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, and more than ten domestic and foreign paper art experts, scholars, and government officials will be invited or connected online to participate; a series of art and cultural activities will also be carried out: theme handicraft workshops, on-site cultural activities, parallel exhibition , Environmental Art Market, etc

The pandemic that began at the end of 2019 has sealed each individual in an independent space, while at the same time being engulfed in a closely related human community. This is an era full of various uncertainties and possibilities. Questions about oneself, the space and the world are endless, and the meaning of existence and unbounded love emerge. We need paper art more than ever. As an outlet for expression and writing, it comes from life and is a daily poetry regained in the world’s great torrent, and it shows a great love that connects everyone while brings hope to each other.

2021 will be the third year of Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale. Starting from the first year, we were not only focus on the artistic form of paper, but also focus on the original materials, characteristics and texture of paper itself. In the second year, we regarded paper as an independent expression object, took the right of discourse from something else back itself;This year, against the reciprocating and variably changing background between the era of “Pandemic” and “Post-pandemic” , we will further, jump out of the past where existed a pure space that created only by paper, focusing on paper as contemporary art, the extension in the experience of social events, to show the social function of art, to explore more extensive practical significance. The paper that carries expression and has existed in everyday life from the very beginning, will cut into the ever-changing and surging world topic field in the form of contemporary reconstruction and practical meaning.

In this biennale, a various thoughts of artists around world will be presented, concerning the epidemic, nature, live, promising hope and the great love. The paper that has always written history will continue to write in the form of contemporary art at this moment, taking the real-time picture of epidemics and the river of consciousness. At the same time, we are able to swim through the cold winter and head towards the next spring, along with the soft yet tough power of paper.