The Milan Šimečka Foundation announces an open call for visual arts ART OF FJÚŽN with the topic The world we have at home. The entries can be submitted until June 10, 2021. The expert jury will select the winning works which will receive the following prizes: 1st place - 500 EUR and an opportunity of an artistic collaboration with [fjúžn], 2nd place - 200 EUR, 3rd place - 100 EUR. In addition, the Public prize will be awarded. The best works will be exhibited during the 16th [fjúžn] festival in September 2021 and published in the festival magazine.
The topic of migration and integration of foreigners is still dividing the Slovak society. Many claim that foreigners are threatening our culture or taking our jobs, that they do not benefit our country. Plenty do not even know any migrants or refugees personally.
Today, more than 150,000 foreigners are there in Slovakia. They are our neighbors, colleagues, friends or even family members. They form an integral part of this country and contribute to the development of the Slovak society. They represent the world we have at home. Slovakia has always been and always will be a multicultural country. It is the national, ethnic and religious minorities - the old and the new - that make it more varied and richer.
The aim of the ART OF FJÚŽN challenge is to discover manifestations of diversity in everyday life in Slovakia. The image of migration is often determined mainly by politicians, and the migration card is drawn up as a political agenda with a mixture of fear and threat. Imagine that you get such a "migration card" in your hands and you can reset the rules of the game. What will your Slovakia of the future be like? We are looking for creative perspectives and approaches that respond to the growing diversity of our society. Feel free to enhance the world of utopia, too.
You can submit your original works from the whole spectrum of visual arts which capture the encounter, penetration and mixing of different cultures, intercultural coexistence or the cultural diversity of Slovakia.
Anyone over 18 years of age.
Regardless of where you come from, whether you study or work, whether you create as a professional or an amateur, whether you are involved in graphic design, illustration, photography or other genres of fine arts.
The submitted works must not support the suppression of human rights and freedoms or the spread of national, racial, religious, class or other hatred against another group of people. Works not related to the theme of the open call will not be accepted.
|1st place||500€ + offer for an artistic cooperation at the 17th year of the festival [fjúžn] (2022)|
|Public award||material prizes from the Milan Šimečka Foundation and partners|
|all works proceeding to the 2nd round||50€|
|April 2021||Announcement of the call ART OF FJÚŽN|
|10. 6. 2021||Deadline for submission of works|
|June 2021||Publication of submitted works|
|July 2021||Jury meeting (1st round)|
|August 2021||Publication of works proceeding to the 2nd round|
|September 2021||Vote for the Public Prize and jury meeting (2nd round)|
|16. – 25. 9. 2021||16th year of the festival [fjúžn] - announcement of results and opening of the exhibition|
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The Milan Šimečka Foundation is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization named after a prominent dissident, thinker, philosopher and writer in the former Czechoslovakia. Through the Education, Active Citizenship, [fjúžn] and Promoting Inclusion at the Local Level programs, we are aiming to develop an open civil society, defend human and minority rights, improve the situation of disadvantaged groups and educate about diversity and mutual respect. Since 1991, it has published more than 100 publications and trained several thousand educators, activists, publishers, community leaders and people from disadvantaged groups. In addition, it organizes commemorative events on the topics of the Holocaust or November ‘89. Since 2006, it has been organizing the largest multicultural festival in Slovakia [fjúžn]. More information can be found at https://www.nadaciamilanasimecku.sk/
The [fjúžn] festival has gradually become a unique, multi-genre and multicultural event focused on migration and foreigners in Slovakia. It goes beyond one art genre and offers a rich program of concerts, exhibitions, literature, theater, film, workshops, lectures and presentations, discussions, community or children’s events, school events and many other activities. Please find more information at www.fjuzn.sk