The 4th IAPA Biennale Symposium Speech Ⅵ Paolo Laudisa



On November 13, 2022, the two-day academic seminar of “The Fourth IAPA Printmaking Biennale” was concluded in Kunming. The theme of this seminar is “Tomorrow's Printmaking”, exploring the future development of printmaking in the post-pandemic era. Yin Jinan, a well-known art theorist and professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts,and Guan Yuda, a professor of Yunnan University, co-hosted this seminar. There will be 17 domestic and international guests made keynote speeches, including Joseph Scheer, Alicia Candiai, Peter Bosteels, Zhang Lian, Song Guangzhi, Kong Guoqiao, Yang Feng, etc. This seminar employed a mix of online and offline methods. Some domestic experts will discuss and speak on the spot, providing a brand-new communication and exhibition platform for Chinese and international artists in a special period. They plan the future development of printmaking by gathering printmaking leaders and elites from around the world. This is a speech by Paolo Laudisa, Professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy




I would like to start with a quote from Walter Benjamin's book called The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.

In 1935, in the midst of the fundamental changes brought about by the invention and dissemination of "new technological devices", the philosopher reflected on the future path of art.The creative reproductions and republications create new visions and open social portals for art. Over the past few centuries, artistic graphics and images have witnessed a technological revolution through the creation of a new artistic language. Inheriting this "tradition of research" has always been the mission of art graphics teaching.

While maintaining the close relationship between printmaking and art graphics, various schools of thought are also seeking new technologies that can produce works that reflect the times.So it's interesting to look at these new digital technologies and how they become a reference and an international language.

IAPA (International Academy Printmaking Alliance) has been at the center of it all for many years, showcasing the ultra-modern new exploration, research and experimentation to the students of the Academy and the art community at large through exhibitions and various workshops.

As the next protagonists of this bustling and chaotic new world, students must not overlook what is in front of them. Students, the future of this trend, have this responsibility. As in every era of the past, modern graphic art also carries a more special poetic meaning, that is, its own unique modernism. In this new way, we can feel and use increasingly advanced technology to show the authenticity of the beauty of contemporary art between social life and art. For the sake of these students who are aware of the aesthetic theories and morals of the time, the Academy of Fine Arts also incorporates these technologies which becomes a valuable teaching tool for students. The complexity of language and the close relevance with scientific research are the factors that strongly urge them to continuously improve their true effectiveness.

The art market always looks at graphic art and its products with doubt, as has happened countless times before, and whenever an innovative and revolutionary technology catches the attention of cultural operators, it immediately enters the heated debate of whether it is an Art Nouveau or an imitation. The Academy accepts this comparison and responds with works and exhibitions in galleries and museums.

Once again, I would like to thank the participating artists and IAPA for their meticulous organization. Also, I would like to express my gratitude to the President of the Alliance who drives and promotes this cause like a powerhouse.