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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Eternal Forest Manifesto
by Evgenia Emets
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Title:
Eternal Forest Manifesto

Author:
Evgenia Emets

Category:
open category

Description:
An ongoing art project Eternal Forest holds the vision to emerge 1000 Eternal Forest Sanctuaries across Europe to be protected during 1000 years. Eternal Forest project was born in Portugal, as a response to pervasive deforestation, loss of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, with intention to contribute to rewilding our psyche and our planet. The project explores the human relationship with forests, biodiversity and the sacred. Looking at a timeline beyond human life - a hundred, a thousand, 10,000 years, how can art be created at this timescale? Inviting long-term thinking, it asks question: ‘how we can create spaces for deep connection with nature through art and ecology collaboration?’ An Eternal Forest Sanctuary is the space for art, human and biodiversity. A space designed for exploring deep time, restoring our psyche through healing our sacred bond with nature, regenerating storytelling and long-term caring for the land by the community as it’s guardian. Actual spaces for Eternal Forest Sanctuaries are created via art and poetry experiences, landscape design, and collaborative forest-ecology-art interventions in various locations. This work is placed within a wider context of artistic practice, which explores the human relationship with nature, through the prism of time and our perception of it. Through works of visual poetry, artist’s books, calligraphy, performance, film, and large-scale ecological art, people are invited to experience sacred depth of nature. Eternal Forest poetry Manifesto is at the center of Eternal Forest Sanctuary project. It is written in poetry form in English, it flows as an incantation, with repetition and circular forms. Eternal Forest poetry manifesto accompanies every experience and every initiation of every Eternal Forest Sanctuary, following the tradition of oral transmission. It is originally being read by the artist time and time again during Eternal Forest experiences, but also recited collectively as a community performance by people who are present at the initiation of the Sanctuaries. It is already translated into Portuguese and will be translated in any language where Eternal Forest Sanctuary will emerge. Video of reading of Eternal Forest Manifesto with Sanctuary in Coruche: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d77wMZftc-A&feature=youtu.be How can art catalyze change?: I believe that socially engaged participatory art can help raise awareness and reach people's hearts and minds. Because art touches us directly emotionally and on spiritual level, because it can penetrate our psyche in a metaphoric form carrying an important message of change, because it can elevate our feelings and emotions, it can overcome resistance of inertia in society.
Description:
An ongoing art project Eternal Forest holds the vision to emerge 1000 Eternal Forest Sanctuaries across Europe to be protected during 1000 years. Eternal Forest project was born in Portugal, as a response to pervasive deforestation, loss of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, with intention to contribute to rewilding our psyche and our planet. The project explores the human relationship with forests, biodiversity and the sacred. Looking at a timeline beyond human life - a hundred, a thousand, 10,000 years, how can art be created at this timescale? Inviting long-term thinking, it asks question: ‘how we can create spaces for deep connection with nature through art and ecology collaboration?’ An Eternal Forest Sanctuary is the space for art, human and biodiversity. A space designed for exploring deep time, restoring our psyche through healing our sacred bond with nature, regenerating storytelling and long-term caring for the land by the community as it’s guardian. Actual spaces for Eternal Forest Sanctuaries are created via art and poetry experiences, landscape design, and collaborative forest-ecology-art interventions in various locations. This work is placed within a wider context of artistic practice, which explores the human relationship with nature, through the prism of time and our perception of it. Through works of visual poetry, artist’s books, calligraphy, performance, film, and large-scale ecological art, people are invited to experience sacred depth of nature. Eternal Forest poetry Manifesto is at the center of Eternal Forest Sanctuary project. It is written in poetry form in English, it flows as an incantation, with repetition and circular forms. Eternal Forest poetry manifesto accompanies every experience and every initiation of every Eternal Forest Sanctuary, following the tradition of oral transmission. It is originally being read by the artist time and time again during Eternal Forest experiences, but also recited collectively as a community performance by people who are present at the initiation of the Sanctuaries. It is already translated into Portuguese and will be translated in any language where Eternal Forest Sanctuary will emerge. Video of reading of Eternal Forest Manifesto with Sanctuary in Coruche: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d77wMZftc-A&feature=youtu.be How can art catalyze change?: I believe that socially engaged participatory art can help raise awareness and reach people's hearts and minds. Because art touches us directly emotionally and on spiritual level, because it can penetrate our psyche in a metaphoric form carrying an important message of change, because it can elevate our feelings and emotions, it can overcome resistance of inertia in society.

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