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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Mothers used as weapons of war
by Kate Kelly
Category: open category
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Title:
Mothers used as weapons of war

Author:
Kate Kelly

Category:
open category

Description:
This drawing represents the tragic cost of mothers caught in the crossfire of war. Mothers (women) are often used as weapons of war. This deliberate targeting of women hits at the core of the family structure and sends fear through communities, nothing is then sacred. When the unit of the family has been fractured and violated the fabric of the community is then fragmented. How can art catalyze change?: I am currently exploring this question. It seems to me that today society seems to have become somewhat numb to an overload of war. I think are has the potential to make people stop and think. To quote the poet Seamus Heaney “I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change peoples understanding of what going on in the world.”
Description:
This drawing represents the tragic cost of mothers caught in the crossfire of war. Mothers (women) are often used as weapons of war. This deliberate targeting of women hits at the core of the family structure and sends fear through communities, nothing is then sacred. When the unit of the family has been fractured and violated the fabric of the community is then fragmented. How can art catalyze change?: I am currently exploring this question. It seems to me that today society seems to have become somewhat numb to an overload of war. I think are has the potential to make people stop and think. To quote the poet Seamus Heaney “I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change peoples understanding of what going on in the world.”