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International Symposium BIB 2019

International Symposium BIB 2019

Medzinárodné sympózium BIB 2019 / BIB International Symposium 2019


Kult originálu ilustrácie vo svete digitálnej techniky / Cult of the original illustration in the world of digital technology


Hotel Tatra


26.10.2019, 10.00

miscellany here

  1. Senka Vlahović                                        Srbsko / Serbia
  2. Steffen Larsen                                         Dánsko / Denmark
  3. Maríja Jesus Gil                                       Španielsko / Spain
  4. Jaana Pesonen                                         Fínsko / Finalnd

Coffee Break 20 min

  1. Isabella Mauro                                        Chorvátsko / Croatia
  2. Nadežda Bugoslavskaya                          Rusko / Russia
  3. Jimin Kim                                                 Južná Kórea / South Korea

Lunch Break 45 min

  1. Tatyana Feeney                                       Írsko / Ireland
  2. Renáta Fučíková                                      Česká republika / Czech republic
  3. Ilana Elkad-Lehman                                 Izrael / Israel
  4. Brenda Dales                                           USA / USA
  5. Kirsten Bystrup                                        Dánsko / Denmark

27.10.2019, 10.00

  1. Ali Boozari                                               Irán / Iran
  2. Marija Ristić                                            Srbsko / Serbia
  3. Jana Čeňková                                          Česká republika / Czech republic
  4. Orna Granot                                            Izrael / Israel


Coffee Break 20 min

  1. Luciana Grether                                      Brazília /  Brazil
  2. Mirjana Bajić                                           Srbsko / Serbia
  3. Manuela Vladić Maštruko                        Chorvátsko / Croatia
  4. Hossein Sheikh Rezaee                           Irán / Iran

BIB 2019 International Symposium Participants:


Mirjana Bajić, Serbia

She is a post graduated Art Historian (specialized for contemporary art), curator of SULUJ Gallery from 2012, and distinguished artist from 2004 and also a member of ULUPUDS, DIUS and AICA. She was born in Zemun where she finished high school. In the period from 1989-93 she was worked as a curator of ULUPUDS at major events (May Exhibition, International biennial exhibition of illustration the Golden Pen of Belgrade, the Prague Quadrennial). She was the curator of il the International part of the 49th and 50th Golden Pen of Belgrade 2007, 2009, (she was also author of introduction of the catalog 2007 which was published on the website of the World YBBY). Her professional activity is divided into several parts: newspaper representations, studies, essays; introductions for catalogs of solo and group exhibitions; she was author of the exhibition-projects; participating at international congresses (Amsterdam 1996), seminars, symposiums, colonies, participating at juries and forums. In her bibliography she has 40 introductions for solo exhibitions, which were published in Serbia, Italy, Greece, Romania, France, Sri Lanka


Ali Boozari, Iran

He works as an assistant professor at the Department of Graphical Design and Illustration, University of Art in Tehran and has published several papers on book illustration in Iran and also works as an illustrator. His illustrations have been published in several countries and have won awards. He has been a curator for numerous exhibitions in various countries with a focus on illustration. He was an active participant in several congresses focused on art and literature for children and was also a member of international juries in competitions oriented at illustration for children.


Nadežda Bugoslavskaya, Russia

In 1991 she graduated from the Moscow State Art Institute named after VI Surikov. From 1992 to 2001 she was engaged in teaching activities, working in parallel in book illustration. Since 2001, she has completely focused on book illustration. I work with the Moscow publishing houses AST, Makhaon, Labyrinth. Illustrated the books Astrid Lindgren, Karel Capek, Ludwig Jerzy Kern, Joel Harris, Samuel Marshak, Yuz Aleshkovskiy and other authors. I participate in Moscow and international exhibitions, a member of the Moscow Union of Artists since 1994.


Kirsten Bystrup, Denmark

She has worked as a librarian at The Danish Centre for Children’s Literature, as an editor of book annotations for the public libraries and as a children’s librarian at the public libraries for many years. Masters Degree in Children’s Literature/Master of Education 2006. Has lectured on picturebooks for children, for instance at the In-service Course for School Librarians, has participated in the BIB symposium, latest in 2015, has reviewed picture books in magazines and a major Danish newspaper, Politiken, has written on illustrators, latest on “Svend Otto S. and the picture books” in Billedfortælleren Svend Otto S., Gyldendal 2016. Member of the Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury 2015, of The International Jury at the BIB 2007, of the jury of The Danish Ministry of Culture’s annual Illustrator's Prize 1989


Brenda Dales, USA

Brenda Dales lives in the United States, and teaches children’s literature at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a member of the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), the U.S. section of IBBY. She served on the USBBY Outstanding International Books (OIB) committee for two years, and also chaired the OIB committee for two years. She served on the 2016 and 2017 Notable Children’s Book Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. Recently she was a member of the planning committee for “Telling A People’s Story,” an exhibition of original African-American children’s picture book art on display at the Miami University Art Museum in the spring of 2018. She has been a children’s book reviewer, has written articles and contributed to publications about children’s literature, and has delivered presentations and poster presentations about children’s books nationally and internationally.


Orna Granot, Israel

Associate curator of illustrated children’s books, Head of the Illustration Library, the Ruth Youth wing of art education, the Israel museum, Jerusalem.

Curator, researcher and lecturer specializing in the history of illustration as well as the history of children’s illustrated books. Teaches at Bezalel art academy as well as Shenkar college of art and design. Serves as the chair of the jury of Israel museum Ben Yitzhak illustration award for a children’s book several times. Curator of many illustration exhibitions as well as two major youth wing exhibitions: Happy Birthday (2015) and Cats & Dogs (2017) Curator the Israeli pavilion in Bologna (2014). Holds a MA in children’s literature, Simmons university and a BA in History of art & Education, Hebrew university, Jerusalem. Lives in Ramat Gan, with her husband, two daughters and one sweet but crazy dog.


Luciana Grether, Brazil

Luciana Grether is a Brazilian illustrator and a college and schools professor with an M.A. in Arts & Design. Some books she illustrated for several publishing houses have been selected for government reading incentive programs, Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, The Golden Pen Serbia and Paraty International Literary Festival. She illustrated the opening of the Joia Rara soap opera for Rede Globo television network and the book A vida de Buda for the same television show. She collaborated with illustrations to Jornal do Brasil newspaper. She presented lectures at the Casa do Brasil in Munich, at UAL (Autonomous University of Lisbon), workshops of illustration in literary weeks in schools and libraries, and recently presented her art works in radio and television programs.


Tatyana Feeney, Ireland

Education: University of Hertfordshire, MA Illustration (Commendation), 2018, North East Wales College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Illustration for Children's Publishing, 2003

Central St Martin's College of Art and Design, Graphic Design Portfolio Course, 2000

Art Institute of Atlanta, Honors Diploma Design Principles and Production, 1993

UNC- Chapel Hill, BA Art History, 1991


2019: Garter Lane, Eva and the Perfect Rain solo exhibition.

2018: University of Hertfordshire Graduate Exhibition, College Design Gallery, Hatfield, UK

2017: Bratislava Biennial, Illustration Exhibition, Bratislava, Slovakia

2016-2017: Without The Words, Illustrators Ireland group exhibition- Luan Gallery, Athlone, Cuirt Festival, Galway

2016-2017: Judging by the Cover, Illustrators Ireland group exhibition, Limerick

2015-2016: Comics, Covers and Children's, Dublin, Cork, Meath

2015: The Original Art, The Museum of American Illustration, New York

2015: Bath Children's Literature Festival, Bath

2013- 2014: Pictiur, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Galway Arts Centre, Driaocht, European Commission-The Hague, Bologna Children's Book Fair, Irish Embassy- Vienna

2013: The Art of Superstition, Copper House Gallery -Dublin

2013: Surveyor, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

2013- 2012: The Illustrated Beatles -  Dublin, Newbridge, Belfast

2010: Solo Exhibition, Trim

2007: The Burren, Meath Arts Group, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

2006: Meath Arts Group Show- Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

2006: My Very Own Picture Launch- Dublin

2006: Hermione Exhibition- Alexandra College, Dublin

2005:  Hermione Exhibition- Alexandra College, Dublin

2003: New Designers Exhibition, London

2003: North East Wales Graduation Exhibition, Wrexham, Wales

Children's Books Written and Illustrated:

Eva and the Perfect Rain, The O’Brien Press, 2019

Socks for Mr Wolf, The O'Brien Press, 2017

Small Elephant's Bathtime, Oxford University Press, 2015

Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble, Oxford University Press, 2014

Little Owl's Orange Scarf, Oxford University Press, 2013

Small Bunny's Blue Blanket, Oxford University Press, 2012

Children's Books Illustrated:

Beyond the Stars, Harper Collins, 2014

Cillian Agus an Ron, An Gum, 2012

Where's Murphy, The O'Brien Press, 2008

An Run Mor, The O'Brien Press, 2007

Ellen, Eoin, and the Great Rubbish Adventure, ECO-UNESCO, 2006

An Nollaig Sa Naigin, Moinin, 2006

Snobby Cat, The O'Brien Press, 2005


2017: Shortlist- Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, Junior Category, Socks for Mr. Wolf.

2017: Shortlist- Literacy Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award, Eilifint Og agus An Folcadan.

2014: Winner in the Picture Book Category -Rotherham Children's Book Award, Little Owl's Orange Scarf.

2014: Nominated- Kate Greenway Medal for Children's Illustration, Little Owl's Orange Scarf

2014: Longlist - UKLA Book Award 3-6, Little Owl's Orange Scarf

2013: Cambridge Children's Picture Book Award- Highly Commended, Small Bunny's Blue Blanket

2012- Longlist - Waterstone's  Children's Book Prize 3-6, Small Bunny's Blue Blanket

2003- Shortlist- New Designers Exhibition Prize

Professional Organizations:

The Ark Artists Club member 2019-present

IBBY Committee member 2016- present

Illustrators Ireland, member  2007- present, Director/ Secretary 2017-present

Irish Visual Artists, member 2017- present


Renáta Fučíková, Czech republic

She studied at the Accademy of Applied Arts in Prague, in 1982 – 1988. Ilustrates both writes books for children and youth, mostly the books with historical themes. Her almost 50 book titles were published in Czech and Slovak Republics, France, Germany, South Korea, USA, Poland. Designed 11 post stamps for the Czech Post Office. She also illustrated programms for Prague National Theatre.

Designed decorations 3 Christmas porcelain collections of Rosenthal, Germany. Exhibited in many countries: Czech Republic, Holland, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, China, India, France, USA. Teaches the non-fiction illustration at Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art in Pilsen Awards: „IBBY Honor List“, „White Raven of International Jugendbibliothek in Muenchen“, „Grand Prix in Zagreb Biennial“ or „Tehran Biennial Award“. She was also nominated for „Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award“, many national prizes like „The Golden Ribbon“ or „The Most Beautiful Book of the Year“.


María Jesus Gil Iglesias, Spain

Editor (Ediciones SM, Alfaguara, Altea, Santillana) and teacher.

Member of the IBBY Executive Committee (1996-2000).

President of the Spanish Section of IBBY (2009-11).

Chair of the 32nd IBBY Congress (Santiago de Compostela, 2010).

Member of the Jury for the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2008 and 2010.

President of the 2012 and 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury.

Member of Bratislava Biennal of Illustration (BIB) Jury, 2014.

International Consultant for China Children´s Press and Publication Group (CCPPG).

Chen Bochui Award to the Cultural Contribution at Shanghai Children Book Fair (2016)

IBBY Honorary Membership (2018)


Jimin Kim,  South Korea

Jimin Kim is a Seoul-based a picture book artist, print maker and illustrator. She enjoys making a narrative and embodying it in a format of a picture book. She is currently working on creating an experimental form of picture book and introducing the concept of artist book to the picture book field. Graduate of MA Illustration & Communication Design of Kingston University, UK, Winner of Golden Apple Award for ' Hyde & Seek' from ‘BIENNIAL OF ILLUSTRATIONS BRATISLAVA’ 2017

Winner of the Purple Island award for 'Hyde & Seek' from Nami Island International Picture book Illustration Concours 2017, Winner of Overall New Talent and Book category for 'Hyde & Seek' `from AOI World Illustration Award 2016.


Steffen Larsen, Denmark

He studied history for several years and worked as a children’s literature reviewer for a leading Danish paper beginning in 1972. Currently he works for Politiken, the top cultural paper in Denmark and also writes for specialized journals such as Børn & Bøger (children & books). He gave numerous presentations on children’s literature for librarians, teachers and other experts and wrote two books, in addition to many papers for journals.

He has been a member of the Danish IBBY Section and has been a regular BIB participant. He served as a member of the BIB 2005 jury and a member of the jury at TI in Tallinn and organized an exhibition of Iranian illustrators in Denmark. He participated in the BIB Symposium several times.


Ilana Elkad-Lehman, Israel

She is the president of IBBY, International board of books for young people in Israel. She is the former Dean of the Multi-Disciplinary Faculty at the Levinsky College of Education in Israel, a professor at Levinsky College of Education in Israel, and a researcher at The MOFET Institute in Tel Aviv. She has published extensively, including two single-authored and three co-authored books (in Hebrew), contributed to numerous scholarly journals (in Hebrew and English). Her scholarly focus includes qualitative research methods, Hebrew literature and children’s literature, and the study and instruction of literature. Her current research focuses on reading processes, identities and reading, teaching Holocaust literature, book clubs, reading and the development of thinking, and the contribution of literary research to qualitative research. She is an active member in ARLE, The International Association for Research in L1 Education.


Manuela Vladić Maštruko, Croatia

Manuela Vladic - Mastruko was born in 1962 and grew up in Zadar, Croatia. She went on to finish her schooling in Zagreb and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Professor Ferdinand Kulmer in 1985.

She has had a number of one-person shows and group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. Alongside her professional involvement in art, she conducts practical research in the field of human visual expressiveness and creativity. She is the author of a number of multimedia  art projects for children and adults and now co-operates with museums and galleries by organising and managing art projects for visitors.

Manuela was a member of several juries devoted to art and illustration. She has written and illustrated 13 original picture books for children and written number of articles on art .

In 2014 Manuela created and co-organized ARTEINSULA, a multidisciplinary non profit organization focused on creativity in art for children and adults and phenomena of childhood and growing up.  Her multimedia art in progress project “Island of Childhood” (started in 2008) is devoted to the children and people on small Croatian islands through presentations of her picture books, art workshops and exhibitions, in order to build creative networks between children and adults and their social and cultural environment.She has recevied a number of awards and prizes for her work.

Manuela lives and works in Zagreb and Zadar, Croatia.

She is a member of the Croatian Artists Society and the Croatian Association of Independent Artists.


Isabella Mauro, Croatia

Graduated Croatian language and literature in 2000 and library science in 2002 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. Since 2003 she has been employed as a graduate librarian in the Zagreb City Libraries at the children’s and adults’ departments. During the years she participated in various projects: head of IT literacy workshops, on the editorial board of the Literary Friday panel, member of the programmatic and organisational committee of Croatian Book Night, coordinator of the national project of photography exhibitions The Capture of Reading… Since 2016 she has headed the Croatian Illustrators Presentation Programme in Kupola Gallery of the City Library in Zagreb. Since 2018 she has headed the Croatian Centre for Children's Book, Croatian Section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) at the Zagreb City Libraries.


Jaana Pesonen, Finalnd

Jaana Pesonen (Phd) is a researcher and lecturer from University of Helsinki, Finland. Pesonen works in teacher education, where she is focused on intercultural education and, for example, in gender sensitive education, She has done research on diversity in children’s literature, especially related to representations and performatives related to normativity. Her publications include national and international journal articles with themes related to e.g. othering and exclusion in picturebooks. In her Phd study, Multiculturalism as a challenge in contemporary Finnish picturebooks. Reimagining sociocultural categories (2015) she examined also the didactic quality and anti-racist strategies of children’s literature. Currently she is studying refugee narratives in wordless picturebooks.


Hossein Sheikh Rezaee, Iran

Hossein Sheykh Rezaee (1976) is an assistant professor in philosophy. His non-academic interest is children's literature. He is a member of the Children's Book Council of Iran (CBC), the national branch of IBBY, for more than 20 years. He is also interested and engaged in Philosophy for Children (P4C) program. He has run different workshops both for facilitators and students to introduce the program and to encourage them to involve in philosophical thinking. He was the scientific director of the first three national conferences of CBC on Children's Literature and Childhood Studies, 2014, 2016 and 2018.


Marija Ristić,  Serbia

She finished high school in Zemun. Currently she is a doctorand at the Faculty of Philosophy (Department of History of Art) in Belgrade. Since 2009 she has been a member of the National Museum Associates' Club, and since 2017 a member of the ULUPUDS. From 2014 until 2016 was an intern at the Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić. She has been participating in the organization of art colonies in the Republic of Serbia for the past 5 years. Also, her professional activities include: writing essays, introductions for catalogs and group exhibitions. She was one of  the authors of encyclopedic units on the project of the Serbian encyclopedia, tome 2, volume 3 published by  Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA), Matica srpska and Institute for textbook publishing and teaching aids. She was the author of eight exhibitions, including the Golden Pen of Belgrade 2017- international biennial exhibition of illustration organized by the Association of Applied Artists and Designers of Serbia (ULUPUDS). Currently she works at the gallery SULUJ in Belgrade, as a curator assistant, in addition to being a freelance artist.


Senka Vlahović, Serbia

She is engaged in design and illustration of books and theory of illustration, as well as in photography, painting, video art, experimenting with various artistic media and fields of their application. She graduated in Applied Photography (2007) and specialized in Book Illustration (2011) at the Higher Education Technical School of Professional Studies in Novi Sad. She finished her Master’s degree at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade (2015) on the subject od Video-illustration. She is the founder, director and jury member of the Book illustration festival "BookILL Fest" in Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2013 she has published a book "On illustrating poetry books: history, theory, practice". In 2015 she has published a book "VIDEO-ILLUSTRATION OF A BOOK: A New View on the Illustration and Image-Building of a Book in Public" for which she has received the Award for the best book in the category of theory of visual communications at the 60. International Book Fair in Belgrade in 2015.

In 2015 she participated at the The International Symposium within the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava.She disegned or illustrated covers for over 300 books published by Banat Cultural Centre in Novo Miloševo where she works as art director. She had 26 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions in Serbia and abroad.


Ildiko Wittmann, Hungary

She is a journalist, editor, coordinator of the Institute of Hungarian Children’s Literature.

I completed my sudies as a journalist in the UK and as a teacher of Hungarian literature for children. I have been drawn to children’s literature in 2003, while visiting Flanders and seeing children’s book illustrations exhibited. In the same year I started writing articles about children’s literature to the children’s literary magazine Csodaceruza. I have been the coordinator of the Institute of Hungarian Children’s Literature since it started in 2012. We have many projects each year: nominating to ALMA, organising the annual Hungarian Children’s Book Reviews, organizing international collaborations and local events. Since 2015 our institute is taking care of the Hungarian BIB nominations.

I would be very happy to take part in the jury work of the Biannal of Bratislava, hoping not only to judge, but to gain and learn more from this experience.



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