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The public voting is now open till May 28, 2017

Presenting the longlist with the 50 most promissing entries to the Social Art Award 2017 for public voting. The two most voted entries win a wild card to the short list and by this they enter the competition for the final prize.

 

 

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"Last words for the road : On fear"
by Lauren Klarfeld
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Title:
"Last words for the road : On fear"

Author:
Lauren Klarfeld

Description:
The following is a handwritten quote left to me by someone I met while traveling in Spain. It is part of a larger scale project in which I have been collecting quotes from strangers and travelers all over the world over the last 4 years. The reason I do this is because I believe all of us have something to teach our neighbour. We all hang on to certain proverbs or quotes that act as life lessons we want to keep close and it is what connects us to each other no matter our background. This quote was left to me by a boy I met working at the reception of a hostel and speaks about the recurring theme of fear. While Stefano was hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain one summer, almost crumbling under the weight of his heavy backpack, he realised he had to forcefully get rid of certain things that were weighing him down. He was faced with a dilemma at this point: The more he kept in his backpack – the more he was going to struggle on the road. But the less he packed – the less secure he would feel. Out of all the quotes gathered, this quote somehow moves people the most. Not only because of the universality of fear, but because it reminds them to look at their own fears. And it is done so in a powerful sentence proper to this exclamative nature. In this quote, we understand that backpacks are symbolic. The backpacks we use are all the things we use as excuses to hold us back while we are afraid to go forward. Some backpacks are emotionally heavy, while others are materialistically cluttered. But is acknowledging what is in our backpacks perhaps already a first step forward?
Description:
The following is a handwritten quote left to me by someone I met while traveling in Spain. It is part of a larger scale project in which I have been collecting quotes from strangers and travelers all over the world over the last 4 years. The reason I do this is because I believe all of us have something to teach our neighbour. We all hang on to certain proverbs or quotes that act as life lessons we want to keep close and it is what connects us to each other no matter our background. This quote was left to me by a boy I met working at the reception of a hostel and speaks about the recurring theme of fear. While Stefano was hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain one summer, almost crumbling under the weight of his heavy backpack, he realised he had to forcefully get rid of certain things that were weighing him down. He was faced with a dilemma at this point: The more he kept in his backpack – the more he was going to struggle on the road. But the less he packed – the less secure he would feel. Out of all the quotes gathered, this quote somehow moves people the most. Not only because of the universality of fear, but because it reminds them to look at their own fears. And it is done so in a powerful sentence proper to this exclamative nature. In this quote, we understand that backpacks are symbolic. The backpacks we use are all the things we use as excuses to hold us back while we are afraid to go forward. Some backpacks are emotionally heavy, while others are materialistically cluttered. But is acknowledging what is in our backpacks perhaps already a first step forward?

 

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