Faísca International Riso Festival is an event focused on self-publishing and printed art. It is aimed at publications that are not usually found in big stores or libraries, and that connect artists and the public through paper.
The focus is on zines, artists’ books, posters and other types of printed matter made by artists, groups, studios or small publishing houses, which are actively involved in processes ranging from the idea, through editing, printing, finishing, to the circulation. Commun features of these works are freedom for creating and experimentation.
The current edition, which started in 2020, is the premiere of Faísca in the format of a festival and as a virtual event, inviting artists, designers, publishers, and other people of various countries, involved in self-publishing: a practice that is not guided by market standards, large-scale logic and that does not need several intermediaries for its materialization.
The program includes talks and interviews, debates and lectures, workshops, virtual printing labs., visual experiments and the launching of printed publications. The festival began in September 2020 and it inaugurated its web shop to close the same year, extending its activities to the first months of 2021. The main platform for following the program is the Faísca YouTube channel.
At the heart of this 2020 edition’s proposal are the creative processes, considering printing as part of them.
Riso printing – with its peculiarities and possibilities, the autonomy provided by this way of printing and the potential of its limitations – is a trigger for exchanges on creative paths from idea to materialization, with ink on paper, of artists’ books, zines and other productions.
The Festival was scheduled to debut in July 2020, and it was planned to be a three-day on-site event in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. With the impacts generated by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the organization faced the challenge of holding the event in a safe way for participants, public, and staff, developing this edition as a Virtual Experience.
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