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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Do Not Go Gentle
by Dikeledi Maponya
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Title:
Do Not Go Gentle

Author:
Dikeledi Maponya

Category:
open category

Description:
If rage is what will snap us us out of passivity and group, this artwork will serve as a symbol of the end of passivity. With every new advancement of knowledge, both positive and negative, there exists a whole new generation of people who have a chance of being oblivious to the context or plight of the previous system owing to drastic changes to the new system. It is predominantly an ecological term. This is refreshing in the positive changes in the capitalistic, patriarchal, heteronomous, and race supremacy systems that prevail. In the way that, for instance, more inclusive representation of previously marginalized groups, or the access to more information and global reach has advanced many causes such as the radical Twitter feminism keeping injustices in check and accountable, or how wider knowledge of rights has emboldened agency. Adversely, the changes in the nature and climate,as the term was originally intended, is devastating. We will soon be in an era where perceptions of landscapes and weather will change. We need to change this. Soon. How can art catalyze change?: The role of the artist is, and has always been, to reflect the ills and successes and plights of society back to it. Though society has the privilege of lack of urgency and concern for the most pressing issues, the artist cannot.
Description:
If rage is what will snap us us out of passivity and group, this artwork will serve as a symbol of the end of passivity. With every new advancement of knowledge, both positive and negative, there exists a whole new generation of people who have a chance of being oblivious to the context or plight of the previous system owing to drastic changes to the new system. It is predominantly an ecological term. This is refreshing in the positive changes in the capitalistic, patriarchal, heteronomous, and race supremacy systems that prevail. In the way that, for instance, more inclusive representation of previously marginalized groups, or the access to more information and global reach has advanced many causes such as the radical Twitter feminism keeping injustices in check and accountable, or how wider knowledge of rights has emboldened agency. Adversely, the changes in the nature and climate,as the term was originally intended, is devastating. We will soon be in an era where perceptions of landscapes and weather will change. We need to change this. Soon. How can art catalyze change?: The role of the artist is, and has always been, to reflect the ills and successes and plights of society back to it. Though society has the privilege of lack of urgency and concern for the most pressing issues, the artist cannot.

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