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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Proactiva's carpet
by murad sgaier
Category: open category
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Title:
Proactiva's carpet

Author:
murad sgaier

Category:
open category

Description:
War is the most destructive activity known to humanity, with its sole purpose to use violence to compel opponents to submit and surrender. Throughout history, artists have attempted to paint a visual history of warfare, showcasing not only the artistic responses to war but the meaning of violence itself. “The Resistant” is a readymade-photograph exhibition that showcases events that took place in Syria over the course of the last 7 years. It aims to confirm and remind the world of the existence and impact of the Syrian war, lest we forget and slide back into the same scene. Some claim that the situation in Syria is on the right track, and that the end of the conflict is imminent. However, I felt it my duty to take part in the exhibition, to showcase my humanitarian stand in support of the defenceless civilians suffering from the scourge of war. At the heart of the Syrian uprising was the unarmed civilian; the one caught in between the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad’s and proponents of the Arab uprising. My project is a summary of the humanitarian crisis from its genesis, 7 years ago to its current state. The Syrian Civil War is arguably the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, one that should never be forgotten. My projects are a reminder to the Syrian people that their rights will not be lost! My collection does not claim to summarize the Syrian crisis; far from it, it is an individual attempt to document the reality through non-traditional art. Proposed as symbol.
Description:
War is the most destructive activity known to humanity, with its sole purpose to use violence to compel opponents to submit and surrender. Throughout history, artists have attempted to paint a visual history of warfare, showcasing not only the artistic responses to war but the meaning of violence itself. “The Resistant” is a readymade-photograph exhibition that showcases events that took place in Syria over the course of the last 7 years. It aims to confirm and remind the world of the existence and impact of the Syrian war, lest we forget and slide back into the same scene. Some claim that the situation in Syria is on the right track, and that the end of the conflict is imminent. However, I felt it my duty to take part in the exhibition, to showcase my humanitarian stand in support of the defenceless civilians suffering from the scourge of war. At the heart of the Syrian uprising was the unarmed civilian; the one caught in between the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad’s and proponents of the Arab uprising. My project is a summary of the humanitarian crisis from its genesis, 7 years ago to its current state. The Syrian Civil War is arguably the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, one that should never be forgotten. My projects are a reminder to the Syrian people that their rights will not be lost! My collection does not claim to summarize the Syrian crisis; far from it, it is an individual attempt to document the reality through non-traditional art. Proposed as symbol.

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