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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pink champagne
by Soren Nellemann
Category: open category
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Title:
pink champagne

Author:
Soren Nellemann

Category:
open category

Description:
This was part of my graduation exhibition this summer 2019 (I was selected with other 30 artists from all 11 Dutch Art Academies as "Best Young Graduate 2019"). pink champagne was inspired by Hieronymous Bosch's painting "Garden of Earthly Delights" year 1503 depicting Heaven, Hell and our times. The painting makes references to climate change (smoke in background), pollution, flooding, war (Aleppo), consumerism (Pepsi sign and McDonalds sign) as well as mass tourism (tourist bathing at waving at refugees in the water in the background), entertainment (popcorn), Ajax bottle with clean white skulls (we just wipe clean the genocides and move on) in total presentation and commentary and critical view of our world today, political and social crises, with denial and entertainment and consumption, but in effect abandoning our future generation and threatening our existence; it ask each one of us to look at ourselves and our world. The monkey with the nursing baby is a metaphor for us abandoning our children and now leaving it to nature to correct our ills, if we do not act - now. "pink champagne", oil on canvas, 140x200 cm. How can art catalyze change?: Art is a universal and binding language and can thus communicate difficult issues allowing each one of us to look at ourselves and the issues from a different perspective allowing us to rethink our own view and role on this planet.
Description:
This was part of my graduation exhibition this summer 2019 (I was selected with other 30 artists from all 11 Dutch Art Academies as "Best Young Graduate 2019"). pink champagne was inspired by Hieronymous Bosch's painting "Garden of Earthly Delights" year 1503 depicting Heaven, Hell and our times. The painting makes references to climate change (smoke in background), pollution, flooding, war (Aleppo), consumerism (Pepsi sign and McDonalds sign) as well as mass tourism (tourist bathing at waving at refugees in the water in the background), entertainment (popcorn), Ajax bottle with clean white skulls (we just wipe clean the genocides and move on) in total presentation and commentary and critical view of our world today, political and social crises, with denial and entertainment and consumption, but in effect abandoning our future generation and threatening our existence; it ask each one of us to look at ourselves and our world. The monkey with the nursing baby is a metaphor for us abandoning our children and now leaving it to nature to correct our ills, if we do not act - now. "pink champagne", oil on canvas, 140x200 cm. How can art catalyze change?: Art is a universal and binding language and can thus communicate difficult issues allowing each one of us to look at ourselves and the issues from a different perspective allowing us to rethink our own view and role on this planet.

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