The jury for the selection of the artworks from the open call is:
Eva Mlinar (Slovenia) completed her studies of art history at the Faculty of Arts and visual communications at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. He works in various fields of art, with an emphasis on book illustration and theatre. She designed posters for theatre stages in New York, designed the covers for the MGL theatre’s library, currently she is in charge of the visual image of the Anton Podbevšek Theater’s performances in Novo mesto. She has contributed her illustrations to many books and magazines, and regularly collaborates with the publishing house VigeVageKnjige, the MGL theatre and the museum Wellcome Collection in London. She often introduces elements of collage into the illustration and is a great fan of old maps, the Middle East and medieval times.
Bill Noir (France) – a nickname and pun (or word game), hides an image enthusiast born in 1981 in Tours, France. After studying at Epinal’s image school in the early 2000s, his interest in creation led him to pinhole photography (camera obscura), experimental super-8 film, silkscreen printing, the collection of vernacular images (family photos) and since 2008, his focus has been mainly on collage. The edition, practiced alone under the name of “Mékanik copulaire”, opens towards small publications (about thirty to date) which gather and show other collagists, his collections of found photos, but also the diffusion of his own work through dedicated salons, bookstores, and online networks. About collage he draws his sources from the printed surfaces of the twentieth century. Real horns of abundance of textures, colours, hues and sizes, these period flaps offer a varied palette. He get drunks on the ambient disorder, the loss of landmarks often prepares him for the spurt of surprise. As it comes from a collage, the word “chaosmos” could perhaps refer to this process.
Christopher Kurts (USA) is a storyteller, artist, and the Coordinator for Kolaj Institute. His artwork recently appeared in the exhibition, “Empty Columns are a Place to Dream” in Ireland in August. In January 2022, a book was published about the project and the exhibition traveled to the Knoxville Museum of Art. Kurts is also the lead organizer for The Mystic Krewe of Scissors and Glue, a group of creatives who meet monthly to collage, converse and foster community.