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Call for Submissions - The Social Art Award 2019

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Event History

The last edition attracted artists from 131 countries. The works by the Top50 artists were published in a book. The three winners had an exhibition at WHITECONCEPTS Gallery in Berlin. The winner received a prize of 1.000 EUR.

What Makes this event different?

30 years ago in Berlin, Germany, it has been the peaceful unity of the people that made the impossible come true - they made the wall come down. Today we see so many conflicts in the world, where people stand up for their rights, their freedom, their present and their future - in solidarity with the peaceful change makers in Lebanon, Iraq, Chile, Brazil, Hongkong and everywhere, we dedicate the Social Art Award to the people: "We are the people - Peaceful revolutions through the power of the many"

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The Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. is a multidisciplinary institute that explores and promotes art and innovation as a means to foster social impact and change. For this purpose the institute establishes the Social Art Award. The accompanying book supports the spread of Social Art, the artists and their work. Furthermore the institute undertakes research, training, production and exchange. The Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization based in Berlin, Germany. As Berliners we believe in the power of the many to lead peaceful revolutions. While our own revolution is now 30 years ago, we see the urgency of supporting global change makers in their quests for most needed fundamental, yet peaceful changes. This is why we dedicated this years topic of the Social Award towards showing solidarity and supporting peaceful, non-violent revolution by the people that care about their rights, their freedom, their present and their future.

Be it Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon, Iraq, Brazil there are burning conflicts in the world right now, where people stand up peacefully united  for their rights, their freedom, their present and their future. Looking back in history, 30 years ago in 1989, it’s been the unity of East Germans that made the impossible come true. 

They made the wall come down to reunite to one country. Power to the people, power to unity and solidarity, power to peaceful revolutions.

What does art have to say in these times of transformation? How do social artists empower, cherish, support peaceful solidarity? Does art have the power to catalyse change, peaceful revolutions and positive futures? Where does art take place? What forms of art are created? Where do we stand on together, get inspired and empowered, and appreciate the freedom of art and the spirit of humanity? Can art give us hope to believe in ourselves? How can art contribute and empower peaceful revolutions through the people? We look for the most impactful contributions.

In the same time as people stand up peacefully, there are powerful people who try to fight these movements of change by manipulating the public opinion through their influence on media and their military power. Too many times peaceful protesters are confronted by violence used against them. Thus, our award aims on contributing to a non-manipulated visibility for non-violent change makers. To push this even further, we search for a global symbol for peaceful revolutions. So anyone, wherever in the world can show their support and commitment for non-violent change. Let us join forces to create a global movement of peaceful revolutions for positive futures!


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