The winners of the competition for the best billboard have been selected! The tenth jubilee edition of the Art Moves Festival starts soon!
The International Art on Billboards Festival Art Moves will be organised in Toruń for the tenth time. This year the event is held under the slogan of “Involvement and responsibility. Can each of us co-create a better world?” We already know the winners of the competition – the winner and 9 distinguished works. The official opening of the festival will take place on 8 September.
Art Moves Festival 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.
442 artists from 61 countries entered the contest “Involvement and responsibility. Can each of us co-create a better world?”. We received 797 artworks from Ukraine, USA, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Russia, Cuba, Great Britain, Iran and many others! A lot of works came from Russia and Ukraine, which shows that this year’s competition slogan is particularly close to the hearts of artists from these countries.
The jury panel composed of artists and curators, including: Christine Wong Yap (artist / New York, USA), Mark Titchner (artist / London, Great Britain), Małgorzata Augustyniak (art historian, vice-president AMS SA / Warsaw, Poland), Rafał Góralski (artist, curator, Art Moves Festival director / Toruń, Poland) selected 10 most interesting projects which will be exhibited on billboards during the Art Moves Festival 2017.
Here is the list of honoured artists:
Alessandro Di Sessa / Italy
Tina Zakierska / Poland
Valeria Moskovchenko / Ukraine
Agnieszka Popek-Banach i Kamil Banach / Poland
Wojciech Janicki / Poland
Mabi Lusala / Czech Republic
Oleksandra Yakovleva / Ukraine
Maria Papagianni / Greece
Ying Hsiu Chen and Hsiang Ying Chen / Taiwan
Łukasz Mesjasz / Poland
The jury decided to confer the main award of 5000 PLN to Alessandro Di Sessa from Italy.
This year, the theme of the Art on Billboards Competition was: “Involvement and responsibility. Can each of us co-create a better world?” This competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor of all the processes taking place in the world today. Is each of us responsible for the world we live in? Are we ready to get involved and take responsibility for our lives and the life of the communities we live in? Or maybe we prefer to put this responsibility into the hands of other people – politicians, governments, the media, corporations? Will they take up this challenge? And even if they do it, will they create the world we would like to live in? Both our activities and lack of activities have consequences. What can we do? Should we wait passively until someone else does something? Maybe it would be better if each of us took responsibility for “our” own piece of the world, no matter where we live, what we do, and what our social status is? If every day many of us do something small, yet conscious and sensible, will it have any influence on the world we live in? Do our activities have to hit the headlines, or can they be just ordinary and everyday to make sense and have meaning? Maybe it is worth turning on our creativity and taking up the challenge of co-creating a better world?
The festival starts on 1st of September 2018 in Toruń. The official opening of the festival will take place on 8 September.
Art Moves Festival is 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 and the Local Authorities of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region.