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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Immigration Documentation Mobile Application
by Linh Dao
Category: open category
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Title:
Immigration Documentation Mobile Application

Author:
Linh Dao

Category:
open category

Description:
My work focuses on humanizing the immigration process for individuals through experimenting with familiar new media. This documentations application aims to demonstrate how the immigration process can be both personal and subtly dehumanizing at the same time. On one hand, the mobile device bridge the distant between the rather abstract process and its petitioner. On the other hand, it reduces each individual going through the process in the United States to no more than a few lines of receipts for their legal fee payment. Here, the entirety of a person is distilled into data, barcodes, and numbers through a tracking system that likens “non-citizens” to tracking online packages delivery.  How can art catalyze change?: Art can bring attention to the issue of immigration though a more humane approach that begs to see immigrants for the lives that they have and beyond borders. Borders are just the physical barriers. As long as there are inequality and poverty in the world, human will brave through obstacles, borders or not. We need to address those global issues before we cut down on this inescapable and natural influx of human strength and resilience.
Description:
My work focuses on humanizing the immigration process for individuals through experimenting with familiar new media. This documentations application aims to demonstrate how the immigration process can be both personal and subtly dehumanizing at the same time. On one hand, the mobile device bridge the distant between the rather abstract process and its petitioner. On the other hand, it reduces each individual going through the process in the United States to no more than a few lines of receipts for their legal fee payment. Here, the entirety of a person is distilled into data, barcodes, and numbers through a tracking system that likens “non-citizens” to tracking online packages delivery.  How can art catalyze change?: Art can bring attention to the issue of immigration though a more humane approach that begs to see immigrants for the lives that they have and beyond borders. Borders are just the physical barriers. As long as there are inequality and poverty in the world, human will brave through obstacles, borders or not. We need to address those global issues before we cut down on this inescapable and natural influx of human strength and resilience.

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