"Visual stories from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine" Project's Second Residency in Germany

From May 29 to June 2, the second residency program of the “Visual Stories from Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine” project, implemented within the framework of the EU “Creative Europe” program was organized in Nuremberg and Erlangen, Germany.

The dates of the residency were selected specifically for June to create the opportunity for the participants of the program not only to work over the project in Nuremberg,  but also to participate in the annual International Comic Festival, which is conducted every year in Erlangen, Germany. On the opening day, May 30, they attended various events, panel discussions, and met with comic book publishers, as well as several famous illustrators.

On May 31, there was a meeting with the program mentor Reinhard Kleist. Armenian, Georgian and Ukrainian authors each presented their stories to him, after which illustrators showed their preliminary works. Reinhardt shared his recommendations and professional experience with both writers and illustrators and provided guidance on how to get the work on track and give it a final touch. As an illustrator, he paid special attention to the work done by the illustrators of the prpoject, presented and discussed many professional nuances, particularly the issues related to the perception of stories by readers who are unfamiliar with the region.

All throughout the residency program, Mikheil Tsikhelashvili, the editor of the Project worked separately with each team to polish the completed works and make some changes to both the scripts and the visual context.

The residency program was coordinated by Arevik Ashkharoyan, Director of the ARI Literature Foundation, and Anna Baghramyan, Project Coordinator.

As the team communication is an important part of the any residency program and especially of any joint effort and work, a number of cultural tours have been organized for the participants, in the course of which they had a walking tour in the city of Nuremberg, visited the Museum of the Nuremberg Trials, the Albrecht Dürer House-Museum and the National Museum.

🇦🇲🇬🇪🇺🇦 The program is being implemented by the consortium of partners: ARI Literature FoundationLiterature Initiative Georgia and Komora Publishing House in Ukraine.

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