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Open Call for the 2nd International Student Biennial of Art of Book [S]BUK2

23 June 2020

Students’ City Cultural Center (SCCC) in cooperation with ELIA member, the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade (FAA) and the Artget Gallery of Cultural Center of Belgrade has opened a call for participation in the 2nd International Student Biennial of Art of Book [s]BUK2.

The Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, within the subject of Book Design, has been nurturing the art of book design for more than sixty years, and one of the important aspects are limited edition books, produced with particular care in all stages of production, with high artistic value. On this occasion, we would like to affirm and present the work of students in the field that is today again significant in the European art scene as well as in the education of young applied artists, and thus support and encourage the development of this specific field.

The art programme of Students’ City Cultural Center, as a partner institution in this cooperation, is aimed primarily at affirming the work of students and young artists who enter the contemporary art scene and who in their research approach the book medium in an innovative way. SCCC’s art program pays special attention to the field of book design through workshops and exhibitions, which have been organised since 2010 under the name “Extended Field (of the book as an art object)” in cooperation with the publishing house Kornet from Belgrade, and then through cooperation with FAA from Belgrade through the launch of the First International Student Biennial of Art of Book, [s]BUK1, 2018.

Within the multidisciplinary Cultural Center of Belgrade and its diverse art programme, the only specialised photographic gallery in Belgrade – the Artget Gallery, holds a special place. Since its founding in 2002, it has been continuously exhibiting, promoting and considering photography or, more precisely, photographically generated images. The diversity of the exhibition program, which ranges from historical and documentary to artistic photography, is enabled by experts in the field of photography and art, who, as Art Directors of the Gallery with a one-year mandate, display their views of photography as well as domestic and international photographic scene. Besides exhibitions by local and foreign authors and various promotional, debate and educational programs, Cultural Center of Belgrade pays special attention to photo books and is one of their rare and permanent publishers in (for now) two libraries: “FotoArtget – Theory” and “Foto Artget – 5½ Monographs.

The theme of biennial [s]BUK2 is free, and the call is open in two categories:

1. BOOKS: limited edition books, non-mass produced books, books with high artistic range of research, books that push the boundaries of books;

2. PHOTO BOOKS: limited edition books, non-mass produced books, books that use photography as a unique visual narrative, books that push the boundaries of a book by exploring the space of communication between two media – photographs and books.

Works which have been created during the last three years can be submitted to the competition.


The application is made by sending documentation to sbuk@fpu.bg.ac.rs and should contain:

1. completed form containing: information about the participant (name and surname, name of the university, name of the faculty, study program, year of study, mentor on the project, category for which the student is applying, name of the work, year of origin, short concept of the work, address to which works are returned and catalog is sent, an e-mail, special note about the work, if any)

2. up to 10 photographs of the submitted work that clearly represent all aspects of the work (300 dpi resolution, 18 cm wider page, JPG without compression) or a video recording of the work not longer than 3 min (book being listed). Send complete material via WeTransfer to the indicated address.

3. completed statement of authorship

The address for submission of works is: The Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Kralja Petra 4, Belgrade, Serbia, with the title “Works for the Student Biennial of Art of Book, [s]BUK2.” It is obligatory to indicate that the works have no value, that is, that they are a gift, so as to free us from customs.

Students’ City Cultural Center bears the cost of printing a bilingual catalog. When returning works, the organizers will send an exhibition catalog together with the works.

The selection of works that will be exhibited at the exhibition of the second International Student Biennial of Art of Book [s]BUK2 will be decided on by a special jury for each category, when two awards (one for each category) will be awarded. The jury has the right to award special awards or commendations to the authors.

The exhibition of the International Student Biennial of Art of Book [s]BUK2 will be organized from November 7th to November 20th, 2020 at the Gallery of Students’ City Cultural Center, where books from the first category will be exhibited, and from November 10th to December 3rd at the Artget Cultural Gallery of Cultural Center of Belgrade, which will present works from the second call category.

The works will be made available to the audience for browsing, unless indicated otherwise. The use of white gloves is mandatory while handling a book, which is emphasized everywhere.

The exhibition will be accompanied by workshops and lectures. You will be notified of the exact program on the event website.

The deadline for the application is the 10th of July.

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