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Just not what you think / by Celia Rako 2019
A P P L Y N O W
In short: we are looking for your perspective(s) / participate now!
Award for the best image(s) and text(s) by artists of Sub-Saharan African origin / ancestry about the Covid-19-Pandemic, a challenging event!?
Every two years SABAA announces an art award. This time in the categories of photo, illustration, painting, short story, chapter of a novel, poem to artistically reflect upon the special and individual experiences and effects of the Covid-19-Pandemic in countries of Sub-Saharan Africa in order to frame and reframe, to showcase, inform, evaluate, sustain, facilitate, inspire. And to propose artistic positions in handling our todays reality.
Award categories / prices
# photo (artistic approach, not journalistic): 500€
# illustration (print, drawing, comic,): 500€
# painting: 500€
# literature1: short story, chapter of a novel, poem (10000 words max.) - in English: 500€
# literature2: short story, chapter of a novel, poem (10000 words max.) - in French: 500€
# photo: 500€
# illustration, drawing: 500€
# painting: 500€
# Start submitting applications: 20. February 2021
# Finish submitting applications: 15. May 2021
# Jury sessions and informing the winners: 10. July 2021
# Audience award voting:
10. July 2021 until 30. July 2021
# Awarding (jury & public):
25. August 2021
# Exhibiting (online): September 2021
# Exhibiting (offline): November 2021
# Documenting (online): December 2021
Everyone who wants to vote in July 2021 - online voting will be initiated then with the online-presentation of the five best artworks in each category.
What do we know about the effect and image of the Covid-19-Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa? What do we see and hear beyond some reports and some statistics? What does matter? What is the story of the place, the group, the individual? What is a better representation of reality than the individual artistic utterance of an experience and impression? What artistic positions are being formulated now?
Providing a voice and visibility for this specific situation and change on our planet. Focusing on a limited, less-priority area (Sub-Saharan Africa seen from the global North), its coverage often hampered by preconceived ideas and attitudes. Putting the individual in the center with its hopes and fears, with its daily-life reality. Acknowledging that art and artworks foster insights of a special, extraordinary nature. Showcasing humanity. Exchange, share. Creating a discourse.
Creating or providing an original work of art dealing with the Covid-19-Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa and its effects on the individual, the group, the region, the country, the dreams, hopes, fears, anger, visions, illusions, and aspirations. And what else a creative mind and heart sees fit.
How, who, what, and when?
# Uploading a maximum of two artworks per contributor.
# Artist of Sub-Saharan African origin / ancestry.
# Start: February 20th, 2021.
# Deadline for uploading a contribution: May 15th, 2021.
SABAA wants to collect and show voices and views of people from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. SABAA invites artistically minded and hearted contributors – photographers, illustrators, writers, poets – to hand in their images, their words on the topic of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Works of art to be considered should tell a story, provide and image, show an insight related to the issue and times of the Covid-19 pandemic in the years 2020, 2021.
They could be:
- an artistic photograph (other than a purely documentary one)
- an illustration (print, drawing, comic,)
- a painting
- a short story, a poem, a chapter of a novel (not longer than ten thousand (10000) words - either in English or in French).
A public ceremony will be performed online or if possible offline in 2021.
A documentation / exhibition on a special website will be done and cared for.
If legally possible, an on-site exhibition of the artworks in Berlin will take place.
Jury award / audience award
A jury award will be given for the best photo: 500€.
A jury award will be given for the best illustration, drawing: 500€.
A jury award will be given for the best painting: 500€.
A jury award will be given to one writer for the best English language short-story, chapter of a novel, poem: 500€.
A jury award will be given to one writer for the best French language short-story, chapter of a novel, poem: 500€.
An audience award will be given to one photo considered to be the best by the audience: 500€. Established by public online voting among the five finalists selected by the jury.
An audience award will be given to one illustration considered to be the best by the audience: 500€. Established by public online voting among the five finalists selected by the jury.
An audience award will be given to one painting considered to be the best by the audience: 500€. Established by public online voting among the five finalists selected by the jury.
The jury for the individual jury awards will consist of artists with a Sub-Saharan African and European/German background (to be announced):
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wünsch (founder of SABAA.education – foundation for education in Sub-Saharan Africa; visiting professor at university of the arts, Berlin, Germany) will moderate the jury, having no vote. The second moderator, having no vote, will be Oumar Diallo (Guinea Conakry, project manager Afrika Haus Berlin, Germany).
The three audience awards will be established by a special public, the audience: public online voting among the five finalists of each category. Voting will be announced separately.
Copyright rests with the artists.
By handing in the works, SABAA will be allowed the usage rights for publishing the work of art online or in a digital print format.
If any profit is being made out of this special undertaking here in any form (publication, sales, further usage), 90% to 75% of it will go to the artists, 10% to 25% to SABAA - depending on the amount and transfer cost. Handling and financing will be externally controlled and made transparent.
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