Award 2019

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 (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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With sincere sympathy
by Baerbel Schmidtmann
Category: open category
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Title:
With sincere sympathy

Author:
Baerbel Schmidtmann

Category:
open category

Description:
This work is one of 9 panels featuring condolence telegrams and is entitled “In tiefer Trauer” (With sincere sympathy). They feature 618 condolence messages which were originally sent to a family in Padua, Italy, and refer to the death of a single individual who – in view of the sheer number of messages – must have been a very well-known personality. These telegrams were readdressed by the artist as expressions of sympathy to the refugees who have drowned since 2011 attempting to reach the Italian coast, crossing the sea to escape war, persecution and hunger in the search for a supposedly “better” life. Visitors were invited during the exhibition to sign the telegrams underneath a condolence message of their choice as a symbol of their grief over the drowned refugees. The artist considers her work to be an act of love for all the individuals who have lost their lives on this route. How can art catalyze change?: Art can effect empathy. Art can bring people together. Art makes people reflect on social issues.
Description:
This work is one of 9 panels featuring condolence telegrams and is entitled “In tiefer Trauer” (With sincere sympathy). They feature 618 condolence messages which were originally sent to a family in Padua, Italy, and refer to the death of a single individual who – in view of the sheer number of messages – must have been a very well-known personality. These telegrams were readdressed by the artist as expressions of sympathy to the refugees who have drowned since 2011 attempting to reach the Italian coast, crossing the sea to escape war, persecution and hunger in the search for a supposedly “better” life. Visitors were invited during the exhibition to sign the telegrams underneath a condolence message of their choice as a symbol of their grief over the drowned refugees. The artist considers her work to be an act of love for all the individuals who have lost their lives on this route. How can art catalyze change?: Art can effect empathy. Art can bring people together. Art makes people reflect on social issues.

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