Award 2017

The Social Art Award 2017

Can art change the world?

Under this question, the Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. had launched the first Social Art Award in 2017. Artists and cultural actors of all areas were invited to apply with their work to the field of social art. Artists from 131 countries responded with extraordinary works and projects.

On September 5, 2017, the three winners Lino Tonelotto from France, Quek Jia Qi from Singapore and Diogo da Cruz from Portugal were honored, and exhibited at WHITECONCEPTS Gallery in Berlin. They demonstrated with their politically engaged works that art can make current events visible and tangible. This is an important understanding for bringing forward the debate and thus a social change.

Learn more about it and get your copy of the Social Art Award Book (116 pages, English) featuring the Top50 artists.

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Un-grey the city
by Ola Ignasiak
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Title:
Un-grey the city

Author:
Ola Ignasiak

Description:
Lodz - my city. Grey people, old age, grunge, dog poos in the lawns, reek pouring out from the tenements backyards, drinkers and mongrel rottweilers. I can’t complain anymore - I act. Ugliness may become beautiful and inspiring for a painter… a pedestrian painter. By profession I’m a painter. I’ve been sharing all my life with colors. Lodz in the center of Poland is the city I was born in and where I still live and work. It looks dirty, grey and seems to be forlorn, without any action. The authorities do nothing… Homelessness and poverty surround us… Lodz used to be a powerful city with the mix of cultures (Russian, Jewish, German and Polish) that made life in the city totally colorful. Now there’s nothing but just memory of the past. I hate to complain - I act! My goal is to bring the color back to the city. I don’t deal with the buildings (like graffiti does) but with the pavements and the ground. “Un-grey the city - paintings close to the ground” is a guerilla painting action using the city streets as a canvas for paintings. I’m trying to be a “Supercolour girl”, an undercover who, without any permission, fills the streets with colours. Little evening guerilla who feels much happier while filling puddles on the streets with colours. Having a lot of fun and making surprise for the citizens. The first action took part in September 2011 on Targowa street in the center of Lodz. Now I want to un-grey every city in our grey world!!! Every taime I use different colour and take inspiration from a milieu. I want to bring the colour back!!! to un-grey the city status ! to un-grey our existence ! One of the action took place in Barcelona in 2015. I found there a very strange playground in the center of the city. The place where homeless and drug addicted men spend their time night and day next to the children playing around. The place full of a child happiness and a human sadness in the same time. The place full of a child happiness and a human sadness in the same time. I want to change the World and help people to feel happier... not matter where they life... not matter how old are they... the pink puddle always evokes curiosity and brings a smile to one's face.
Description:
Lodz - my city. Grey people, old age, grunge, dog poos in the lawns, reek pouring out from the tenements backyards, drinkers and mongrel rottweilers. I can’t complain anymore - I act. Ugliness may become beautiful and inspiring for a painter… a pedestrian painter. By profession I’m a painter. I’ve been sharing all my life with colors. Lodz in the center of Poland is the city I was born in and where I still live and work. It looks dirty, grey and seems to be forlorn, without any action. The authorities do nothing… Homelessness and poverty surround us… Lodz used to be a powerful city with the mix of cultures (Russian, Jewish, German and Polish) that made life in the city totally colorful. Now there’s nothing but just memory of the past. I hate to complain - I act! My goal is to bring the color back to the city. I don’t deal with the buildings (like graffiti does) but with the pavements and the ground. “Un-grey the city - paintings close to the ground” is a guerilla painting action using the city streets as a canvas for paintings. I’m trying to be a “Supercolour girl”, an undercover who, without any permission, fills the streets with colours. Little evening guerilla who feels much happier while filling puddles on the streets with colours. Having a lot of fun and making surprise for the citizens. The first action took part in September 2011 on Targowa street in the center of Lodz. Now I want to un-grey every city in our grey world!!! Every taime I use different colour and take inspiration from a milieu. I want to bring the colour back!!! to un-grey the city status ! to un-grey our existence ! One of the action took place in Barcelona in 2015. I found there a very strange playground in the center of the city. The place where homeless and drug addicted men spend their time night and day next to the children playing around. The place full of a child happiness and a human sadness in the same time. The place full of a child happiness and a human sadness in the same time. I want to change the World and help people to feel happier... not matter where they life... not matter how old are they... the pink puddle always evokes curiosity and brings a smile to one's face.

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