Thursday, August 11, 2016

Art Moves Competition 2016 attracts interest from artists around the world!

Art Moves Competition 2016 attracts interest from artists around the world!
Art Moves Competition 2016 attracts interest from artists around the world!
Art Moves Festival 2016 attracts interest from artists around the world!

The International Art on Billboard Festival Art Moves is the only festival of billboard art in the world. The works presented in the urban space during the festival are divided into two categories – the main exhibition and the competition exhibition. For the competition exhibition, the most interesting pieces by young artists from all over the world are selected. These works constitute a creative artistic statement centred around the festival’s competition slogan. We prepare the topics for our annual competition in such a way, as to make them reflect the processes and social phenomena that shape the contemporary, global world. These topics are rooted in our deep sociological, psychological and philosophical considerations and they testify to our concern with the shape of the reality surrounding us. 

643 artists from 62 countries entered the contest “Under pressure. How to be yourself in the contemporary oppressive world?”. We received 1204 artworks from Cuba, USA, China, Armenia, Lebanon, Russia, Ecuador, France, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and many others! The substantial interest in the festival among the artists from all over the world points to the enormous potential of the idea behind the festival and of art presented in the public space. 

This year, the theme of the Art on Billboards Competition was: “Under pressure. How to be yourself in the contemporary oppressive world?” This competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor of all the processes taking place in the world today. We live under constant pressure: of time, perfection, success, exorbitant requirements. Different pressure groups – politicians, media, corporations, fundamentalists, radicals – exert pressure on us. However, not only they – we also exert pressure on ourselves. Omnipresent pressure and chaos of contradictory messages we receive intensify our fear. Our internal pressure is growing – it tells us to constantly raise the bar, work more and faster, live more intensely. The pressure never stops – we experience it from the cradle to the grave. How to be yourself in such a situation? The advertising message we are bombarded with tells us: be yourself and at the same time be like others and choose this or that product. Is it possible to be yourself and like others at the same time? What does it mean to be yourself? Is it worth being yourself – the only one, unique human being? How to do it in the contemporary oppressive world?

The jury panel composed of artists and curators, including:

Adam Niklewicz / artist / North Haven, Connecticut, USA 

Mark Titchner / artist / London, Great Britain

Małgorzata Augustyniak / art historian, vice-president AMS SA / Warsaw, Poland

Joanna Górska / artist, curator, Art Moves Festival art director/ Toruń, Poland

selected 10 most interesting projects which will be exhibited on billboards during the Art Moves Festival 2016. 

Here is the list of honoured artists: 

Aleksander Piątek and Monika Braksal, Poland

Agnieszka Popek-Banach and Kamil Banach, Poland

Lex Drewinski , Germany / Poland

Celeste Fichter, USA

Eddie Cheang, China

Mario Fuentes, Ecuador

Martin Roskom, USA

Wenjie Huo, China

Zuzanna Banasińska, Poland

The jury decided to confer the main award of 5000 PLN to Aleksander Piątek and Monika Braksal from Poland. 

Aleksander Piątek and Monika Braksal / Poland / Pressure

The festival starts on 9th of September 2016 in Toruń. 10 works assessed as the most interesting ones will be displayed on billboards in the competition exhibition of the Festival.

During the main exhibition, on the other hand, the works of renowned and highly regarded artists from all over the world: Adam Niklewicz / USA, Lex Drewinski / Germany / Poland, Taber Calderon / USA, Mark Titchner / Great Britain, Nicholas Knight / USA, Alain LAIN Schibli / Switzerland, Joanna Górska and Rafał Góralski (Galeria Rusz) / Poland and Joanna Ejzler / Poland are presented. 

Art Moves Festival was held under the honorary patronage of Piotr Całbecki, Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region and Michał Zaleski, President of Toruń.

The festival has been co-funded by Toruń Municipality

Partners: STGU

Media sponsorship: aktualnekonkursy.pl, TV Toruń, TVP Bydgoszcz, Radio PiK, Arteon, AMS SA., kampaniespołeczne.pl, marketingprzykawie.pl, SpodKopca.pl, Magazyn Toronto, Wirtualny Toruń

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