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Presented By: Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan

China through the Prism of the Democratic ӬArt of Printmaking

by Endi Poskovic, Professor of Art and Design, University of Michigan

Endi Poskovic at Chen Qi's Studio Endi Poskovic at Chen Qi's Studio
Endi Poskovic at Chen Qi's Studio
Speaker's abstract: During the course of a single year, I traveled to the People’s Republic of China on three separate occasions, my first interactions with this extraordinary society and culture. In China, the future may seem to be already in the present, and yet the impetus that led to my visits is somewhat of an anomaly by our present-day standards: study of the traditional art of relief block printing, an art still practiced by many contemporary artists today. Block printing is one of many inventions China gave the world, a creative process that sprang off many other discoveries and arguably impacted the course of human history. In the context of my research about current art in China, I will examine the work of several contemporary Chinese printmakers who either, by working traditionally, and/or using discipline’s traditions as a point of departure, both contribute to the vitality of art making on a global scale.

About the speaker: Using representations of familiar imagery, the work of Endi Poskovic proposes a range of eventualities. Hybridized narratives translate to unexpected scenarios, evoking place and time and exploring ideas of displacement, memory, and reconciliation. A recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Pollock-Krasner, Camargo, McDowell, Flemish Ministry Fellowships, and many others, Poskovic was educated in Yugoslavia, Norway and the US. He has exhibited extensively, representing the US in all major international print biennials and triennials. His work can be found at Harvard University Fogg Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and China Academy of Art. Poskovic is a Professor of Art and Design at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design.
Endi Poskovic at Chen Qi's Studio Endi Poskovic at Chen Qi's Studio
Endi Poskovic at Chen Qi's Studio

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