A “Lesson of Respect” from Russian and European comic artists (24/04/2012)

On 26 April 2012 at 18h00, the Centre of Contemporary Art WinZavod will open an international exhibition of social comics RESPECT. The project, which is co-funded by the European Union, is organized by the International Comics Festival KomMissia in partnership with the Goethe-Institute Moscow, Yekaterinburg branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and WinZavod. The main objective of this cultural initiative is to facilitate and develop ties between comic art communities (artists, festivals, comic book publishers) in Russia and Europe, as well as to promote the genre of social comics that allows talking with young people about human rights by means of interesting and understandable language.

Being a part of the Moscow International Comics Festival KomMissia-2012, the exhibition will feature art works by comic artists from 9 different European countries who drew comics especially for the RESPECT project. Comic artists from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK participated in the seminars in Moscow and Yekaterinburg, and created their comics based on what they learned at the seminars and meetings with civil society activists. Each artist expressed own view on a problem relevant for all Europeans – living in a multicultural, multinational society.

The artists will come for the opening of the exhibition to personally present their works and to hold workshops in comic arts on 29 April 2012.

Apart from the artistic aspect, the project has another important one – social. At the opening, the organizers and partners of the project will share their experience of conducting in Russian educational institutions interactive lessons with the help of comics of the RESPECT project. These graphical stories facilitate communications about human rights with young people of different ages and social backgrounds. The project’s coordinators will perform an open “Lesson of Respect”.

The opening of the exhibition will be attended by Etienne Claeyé, Head of Operations Section, EU Delegation to Russia; Jens Beiküfner, Head of cultural department, German Embassy; Dr. Rüdiger Bolz, Director, the Goethe-Institute Moscow; Wolf Iro, Head of cultural programs department, the Goethe-Institute Moscow; Elena Panteleeva, Director, the Centre of Contemporary Art WinZavod; and Heehoos, Director of International Comics Festival KomMissia and Art-director of Respect-project. 

For media accreditations:

Inna Karpowa, the Goethe-Institute Moscow, +7 (495) 936-24-60, ext. 509, karpowa@moskau.goethe.org
Anastasiya Galashina, International Comics Festival KomMissia, +7 (926) 584-75-28, grabach@gmail.com

More information about the RESPECT project:

Project’s website: http://www.respect.com.mx/en

Delegation of the European Union to Russia: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/russia/projects/case_studies/index_en.htm