The Open Call for the Social Art Award 2019 under the topic “We are the People – Peaceful Revolutions” was closed on December 15, 2019. We are very impressed by 558 submissions that were contributed by artists coming from 65 countries across all continents. 

The winners of The Social Art Award 2019 are Narcissa Gold (USA), Melinda Mouzannar (Lebanon) and Bogna Grazyna Jaroslawski (Poland/Germany). The Honorary Mention goes to Kingson Kin Sing Chan (Hong Kong/UK). 

Below you find the artworks, that passed the initial jury round. The public voting took place till 30 December and is a tool to give more public visibility to the topic and the artworks. It does not replace the final jury judgment. There were two wildcards for the most voted artworks that entered the final shortlist

The focus diversity of applications shows that artists are active in the multi-faceted fields of socially engaged art reflecting on wars, genocides, femicides, traumata, violence against refugees, children, women, men, disabled people, LGBTIQs, animals. They share feelings for the planet and its living species, but also showing hopelessness due to complex crises be it climate change (e.g. in regard to water pollution), capitalism, corruption, a violation against human rights, nature, protected national parks. Many of the artists are constantly trying to give a voice to the poorest or empower unheard social groups.

It’s not only about peaceful revolutions, but it’s also about feeling a deep connection and showing love and respect for each other.
Thank you all for sharing your great and inspirational work and look at all the great contributions!

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Divided Spaces
by Georgios Varoutsos
Category: open category
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Title:
Divided Spaces

Author:
Georgios Varoutsos

Category:
open category

Description:
Fifty years later, the Falls (Catholic/Nationalist) and Shankill (Protestant/Loyalist) roads in West Belfast remain separated by the placing of a Peace Wall. While there are numerous Peace Walls in the country of Northern Ireland, the Peace Wall Belfast remains popularised with continuous updates of murals, peace messages, and influence with cultural tourism. However, these walls or otherwise known as interfaces, provide local communities a sense of security and comfort. This also hinders the ability to have conversations about the removal of the Peace Walls, territorial resolution, and community transformation. From a visual standpoint, these walls form physical segregation and isolation, as security gates between the walls continue to have regulated schedules of opening and closing. As part of a two-piece artistic research project, Divided Spaces by Georgios Varoutsos is an audio immersive piece focusing on the Peace Wall between the Falls and Shankill road in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Representing connectivity of spaces and experiences through sound to highlight Past, Present, and Future relations with the Peace Wall(s). It hosts an immersive sonic round-table discussion on controversial issues concerned with the history of the ‘Troubles’ and the status of Peace Wall(s) around the country. The piece compresses the large surface areas surrounding the Peace Wall into a room listening experience. Demonstrating the separation and isolation from either side’s community spaces.
Description:
Fifty years later, the Falls (Catholic/Nationalist) and Shankill (Protestant/Loyalist) roads in West Belfast remain separated by the placing of a Peace Wall. While there are numerous Peace Walls in the country of Northern Ireland, the Peace Wall Belfast remains popularised with continuous updates of murals, peace messages, and influence with cultural tourism. However, these walls or otherwise known as interfaces, provide local communities a sense of security and comfort. This also hinders the ability to have conversations about the removal of the Peace Walls, territorial resolution, and community transformation. From a visual standpoint, these walls form physical segregation and isolation, as security gates between the walls continue to have regulated schedules of opening and closing. As part of a two-piece artistic research project, Divided Spaces by Georgios Varoutsos is an audio immersive piece focusing on the Peace Wall between the Falls and Shankill road in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Representing connectivity of spaces and experiences through sound to highlight Past, Present, and Future relations with the Peace Wall(s). It hosts an immersive sonic round-table discussion on controversial issues concerned with the history of the ‘Troubles’ and the status of Peace Wall(s) around the country. The piece compresses the large surface areas surrounding the Peace Wall into a room listening experience. Demonstrating the separation and isolation from either side’s community spaces.