Can the planetary imaginary be refueled with humor, satire and conviviality? Be it to figure out how to go through collapse as humanly as possible, or to reconsider how much is enough and what constitutes good living. Economy of Means as a biennial theme stands for a shift towards caring and maintenance instead of show business; for looking into society, but also looking at art, its modes of production and means of expression, where brief, economical and simple are part of the punchline delivery.
Climate anxiety was nominated as one of top ten words of 2021. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Artist Agnes Denes once said that creativity is hope. At a moment of global dysphoria, gestures and efforts that point towards the humanization of the world might be what helps us get out of bed day after day (a simple pandemic takeaway.) Once awake, the possible actions and responses are endless.
The pandemic put the care paradigm on the agenda. It also made visible the link between social inequalities and wealth concentration and reiterated that addressing security, economy, ecology is futile without the prefix socio-. “Social or ecological” is not an antinomy and social issues should not make an excuse for economic reactivation based on more of the same.
Solidarity between humans is not enough. What is needed is solidarity between humans and non-humans. And it might be just about time to figure out if plants laugh and what jokes clouds tell.
The Biennial consists of two juried exhibitions - one for cartoons and one for contemporary art - and a curated exhibition, titled Sensitivity Training which, for the 25th edition, will be curated by the artist Olav Westphalen.
The Biennial will open on 20th May 2022 at the Museum of Humor and Satire in Gabrovo. The exhibitions continue until 30th September 2022.
The Biennial is organized by the Museum of Humor and Satire with the support of the Municipality of Gabrovo and the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.
The 25th Gabrovo Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art expects your meaningful contribution (within means) until January 17th, 24:00 CET.
Time to fill in the application form (after short description and images are prepared): 5 minutes. When preparing your application, keep in mind that the jury will judge your work by:
- its artistic merit
- engagement with the biennial theme Economy of Means
Contemporary art section
- Golden Aesop Grand Prix in section contemporary art (a statuette and 5000 EUR)
- Prize of the town of Gabrovo awarded to a promising young artist (a statuette and 2500 EUR)
Eligible are works of art executed in any technique and media.
- Diana Campbell Betancourt
- Luca Lo Pinto
- Yung Ma
- Golden Aesop Grand Prix in section cartoons (2500 EUR)
- Prize for cartoon (1500 EUR)
Eligible are original works signed by the artists, up to A3 size and digital works, including animated cartoons (gif, flash and video)
- Alla Georgieva
- Anne Derenne
- Antonio Antunes
- Niels Bo Bojesen
- Rayma Suprani
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