Tibari Kantour (Morocco)
The Hope and Optimism Portfolio is the title of a unique global art project.
It has no geographical, political or cultural boundaries. Launched in May 1990
and supported by prominent artists and major cultural institutions from all over
the world its theme is inspired by a linocut, Hope and Optimism - Inspite of
Present difficulties, (click to bring up
) by the late Namibian artist John
Muafangejo. This image with its handshake of love and co-operation has been
accorded the universality of Picasso's Doves - its first public use being
as the theme for both the Nelson Mandela Concerts. |
The National Gallery, or equivalent body in each country of the world was approached to nominate a leading artist to represent that country. In addition, we were advised by a group of internationally respected consultants as well as art institutions and leading galleries around the world. Aside from our heartfelt thanks to them, we would like to acknowledge those who took a more active role in the development of The Portfolio. Please click here for the list.
The artist selected contributed a limited edition of two hundred original, signed and numbered graphics in any medium of their choice to a maximum paper size of 56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 ins). Within these parameters the participating artists have created a portfolio that not only spans the world culturally but spans the entire technical range of the graphic medium. There are etchings, screenprints, stone and plate lithographs, linocuts, woodcuts, plastographs, monotypes, photographs, computer generated images, aquatints, collages, handcoloured works and so on.
For more information on the basic processes of making a print, please click here:
Images have varied in size from 14 x 10 cm to a diptych of 112 x 152 cm. Other artists have also created smaller editions changing the image at print nos. 70 and 140. Where a nation is a federation or union of states (for example the USA) we have invited a maximum of 10 artists depending on the size of the individual states comprising that country. With the evolution of the world's political map so too has the Portfolio evolved. For example, in one case, the artist selected was a refugee and it was felt that she should represent those who are stateless, that is, La Terre Humaine. The artists selected by the former East and West Germanies seem to mirror their countries' concern, prior to unification.
The Portfolio is a charitable project with the benefactors being Magdalen College, Oxford (UK) and art and artists around the world. It began from an idea of the Project Director who felt that in the entire history of the human race it has been through art, culture, and sport that countries and peoples of the world have 'seen', worked with and come to know each other, on a long term basis.
The beneficiaries of the Portfolio, like its contributing artists, will be truly global. At present the sale and marketing of the Portfolio is the priority, with the Portfolio being offered to museums around the world for much less than its real monetary value. ( press here for information on How to Purchase a Portfolio).
The Portfolio contains approximately 92 graphics from different countries. It is a collection of the finest works from leading contemporary artists throughout the world. The Hope and Optimism Portfolio is by its very nature a record for posterity of the current hopes and aspirations of each country, as seen by one of their nationally recognised artists.