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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Peaces
by SOMA
Category: open category
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Title:
Peaces

Author:
SOMA

Category:
open category

Description:
With its origins in ‘victory’ during times of war and conflict, the V sign was adopted and transformed by anti-war protesters during the Vietnam war, and has today crystallised through the power of people to become a symbol for peace. As a play therapist, I work with children that have experienced trauma and distress. The language of play allows for symbols and metaphors to take on profound meaning and facilitate reflection, healing and growth. How can art catalyze change?: More brain centres light up in response to metaphor than any other form of human communication, forming new neural pathways. Social art allows us to speak through metaphor and symbols to create change.
Description:
With its origins in ‘victory’ during times of war and conflict, the V sign was adopted and transformed by anti-war protesters during the Vietnam war, and has today crystallised through the power of people to become a symbol for peace. As a play therapist, I work with children that have experienced trauma and distress. The language of play allows for symbols and metaphors to take on profound meaning and facilitate reflection, healing and growth. How can art catalyze change?: More brain centres light up in response to metaphor than any other form of human communication, forming new neural pathways. Social art allows us to speak through metaphor and symbols to create change.

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