Book Fair Bologna 2015
Curators: Nataša Govedić, Ana Šilović, Vanja Žanko Visual Identity: Rafaela Dražić (graphic design) Tomislav Tomić (illustration), Nina Bačun, Roberta Bratović (space/product design) Workshops: Hana Lukas Midžić Organisers: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Partners: Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, Foundation Croatian House, City of Zagreb, Croatian Chamber of Economy
03.04.2015 - 06.04.2015.
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is a dedicated platform the children’s publishing and multimedia industry. It is held annually at Bologna Fiera.
Living Waters, Living Stories Croatia, Guest of Honor in Children’s Book Fair 2015 in Bologna, Italy The Croatian presentation at Children’s Book Fair 2015 in Bologna is based on a number of principles and beliefs. One of the key aspects is singularity and uniqueness of childhood experience, however its representation changes in various cultural and historic circumstances. As „living water“, a motif from Slavic mythology, is the water whose properties sooth the weary and restore sight, so is children's literature a form of unprecedented artistic experience, in which whoever drinks the enchanted drops becomes once again participant in our most transformative and imaginative creative possibilities, rooted in childhood. Furthermore, the living water of storytelling creates unique closeness: the breath that narrates the story and the breath that listens to it build together a life-long community.
Selected stories quench children’s thirst for profoundest social contact. This selection insists on closeness in the encounter of the story and its “adopters”. From Ivana Brlić Mažuranić to Svjetlan Junaković, Croatian children’s stories have been able to move and gather generation after generation of travellers through time, melting and crushing the rocks of alienation, and opening up numerous passages into alternative worlds. Children’s stories are as essential as water. Without experiencing them in childhood, adults would not be able to learn any of the social languages. This is why story-telling is perceived today simultaneously as pedagogical, artistic, ethical, social and political practice. In order to be grasped in its complexity, this project investigates through a multi-disciplinary approach.
It is created in collaboration of a range of professionals from different fields inside and outside of childhood studies or children’s books industry. Illustrators, writers, designers, curators, art directors, film makers, editors, translators, entrepreneurs, directors, actors, managers and many others are joined in this unique venture. In this synergy they give rise to advanced thinking on children’s experience by understanding multiple perspectives.
The selection of protagonists brings respect towards the closest possible contact of the story with the child, towards the richest possible activation of the language artefact, and with it, all the connected interactive objects, participatory surroundings and installations. It relates to children as social actors who play important role in social life through interactions with adults, children and environment. Books are offered as guideposts for joint readings, drawings, play sessions, workshops, plays, making of animated films, and the discovery of children’s new creative practices.
In strong belief that adults must learn about children from children, this project advocates practices that support children’s capacity to express their perspectives and negotiate their worlds. They have common needs and this project will assist them to communicate outside local territories. Sip by sip, this project offers a time of togetherness with the living water of literature.
Next to inspiring and important Fair’s programs, such as cafes Illustrator’s exhibition, specific activities are developed in tailor-made programs at the Fair and in the city of Bologna. The Croatian participation will show Croatian children's culture from a broad perspective.