The Jury members: Diletta Colombo, Adéla Kudrnová, Ludmila & Sylvain Favardin, Yvona Ferencová, Sergio Caruso and Klára Kvitová (assistant to the Jury)
Insights of our Jurors
We had the opportunity to meet Sergio Caruso again as he was the member of the jury in 2013 as well. It was a great chance for Sergio to compare books from this and last year. According him, books from last year were more focused on the general life issues. "This year, authors work more with their soul. Books deal with personal issues, feelings, experiences." Sergio found this change really interesting, on the other hand while comparing with last year Jury session, the choose of winners was less obvious.
EDITION LIDU received books from 37 countries. Our question was, if members find some obvious differences in style of authors from different countries. Dilleta Colombo tells, that sometimes it´s surprisingly easy to estimate the author´s continent or country. For example books from Asia are often more colorful and full of shapes and details.
"It is exciting to see projects from such countries as Montenegro, Namibia, Haiti, Indonesia or Costa Rica, these were participating for the first time in ABW Award." L. F.
It fills me with a big pleasure to see that an independent project as ART BOOKS WANTED Award can spread to creative people all around the world and give them the opportunity to share their creative endeavor." said Ludmila Favardin.
Sylvain Favardin added: "The beauty is, to have so many great books in front of our eyes. Every one is unique with completely different approach, topic and style. We cannot say, one style or approach is better that the other as all of them can be very inspiring."
For Adéla Kudrnová, chief editor of SOFFA MAG was interesting to see some trends in the contemporary book creation and publishing. We could observe that in the shortlist of ART BOOKS WANTED 2014 were books obviously influenced by the trends in illustration and photography, while some of the books had a completely unique style and approach.
Some of these trends are visible through countries. According to Yvona Ferencová, the Head curator of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art of MG Brno, it could be caused mainly by meeting and exchanging of students at art schools and the possibility of discovering works by international artists on the Internet, of course.