of the Sixth International Socio-Political Poster Biennale
On September 2nd 2016 the Sixth International Socio-Political Poster Biennale was inaugurated at the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oswiecim. Director Leszek Szuster inaugurated the exhibition and welcomed the guest of honor Zofia Posmysz, the artists of the works presented in the Biennale, the delegation from the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Krakow, representatives from the Austrian Consulate in Krakow, rectors and deans from polish Academies of art, from the local authorities of the city and community of Oswiecim, partners, sponsors as well as a group of apprentices from Volkswagen from Germany and Poland, that were staying at the IYMC for their common seminar “Learning through meeting”.
Christoph Heubner , Executive Vice-President of the International Auschwitz Committee and Chairman of the Foundation for the IYMC, Janusz Chwierut, Mayor of the city of Oswiecim, and Pawel Warchol, Curator of the Biennale, introduced the guests to the exhibition. Then the director of the museum of contemporary art MOCAK in Krakow, Anna Maria Potocka, interpreted the award-winning posters in her speech “Poster as a weapon”.
After that the chairman of the jury Prof. Władysław Pluta (Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków) together with the other members of the jury Sebastian Kubica (University of Silesia in Katowice, Institute of Art in Cieszyn), Krzyszytof Dydo (Cracow Poster Gallery), Dr. Paweł Warchoł, Heidemarie Roth (AnStifter Foundation as a replacement for Peter Grohmann) and Leszek Szuster presented the results of the competition.
294 artists from 27 countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Lithuania, Taiwan, Mexico, China, Slovakia, Turkey, Germany, Serbia, Hungary, Argentina, Japan, Ukraine, Greece, Iran, Belarus, Ecuador, Great Britain, France, South Korea, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Jordan and USA) participated in our competition. From 594 posters sent to us by artists, 81 qualified for the competition exhibition.
The jury awarded the following prizes:
1st Prize - Tomasz Bogusławski (Poland), “Never again…”
2nd Prize - Justyna Jędrysek (Poland), “West-East Imigration”
3rd Prize - Faldin Family (Russia), “Conflict”
City of Dachau Prize - Mingliang Li (China), “Berlin Wall”
AnStifter Foundation Prize - YiMing Liu (China), “Freedom of speech”
Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków Prize: Linas Spurga Jr (Lithuania), “Freedom of Speech”
Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice Prize: Faldin Family (Russia), “Nature Morte”
Józef Hołard Prize funded by the Rector of the University of Silesia in Katowice: Piotr Depta (Poland), “Greece”
Association of Polish Artists and Designers Prize: Marta Tomczyk (Poland), “Uchodźcy”
Honorable mentions were awarded to:
Mario Fuentes (Ecuador), “Excess baggage”
Biwei Zhu (China), “Ask Confucius”
Szymon Szymankiewicz (Poland), “25 Mbp”
Jochen Stankowski (Germany), “Za dużo oręża”
Bela Faragó (Hungary), “Human Rights”
Wu Zhonghao (China), “Nanjing massacre 70”
Lex Drewinski (Germany), “Li(f)e”
Iwona Rypesc-Kostovic (Poland), “EGO-ECO”
After the award ceremony the two soloists Angelika Kurbel and Natalia Grzegorzewska from the Center of Trade and Technical Schools in Bielsko-Biala enriched the evening with their performance.
In addition to the 6th Biennale, an exhibition with posters from Prof. Józef Hołard, painter, illustrator and poster artist, who was closely linked to the Institute of Art at the Silesian University in Cieszyn was inaugurated in the house of silence.
Following the official part the theater KTO from Krakow presented their play “Peregrinus” in the garden of the IYMC. The play deals with the life of person in the 21st century, working in a big corporation and losing out in the digital era.
The Sixth International Socio-Political Poster Biennale will be shown at the seat of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel in October and at the European Parliament in Strasburg in November.
The exhibition of Józef Hołard will be shown until the end of September.
The project was realized with the support of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation in Poland, the Lesser Poland Voivodeship, the city of Oswiecim, the community of Oswiecim, the foundation for the commemoration of the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Krakow, the city of Dachau, the AnStifter foundation, the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, the University of Silesia in Katowice, the Institute of Art in Katowice, the Association of Polish Artists and Designers and the companies Würth Polska Sp. z o.o., Ipsen Logistics Sp. z o.o., Firma Inżynierska EnCo, Grupa Kęty SA, SFW Energia Sp. z o.o., AUSTROTHERM Sp. z o.o., Plantpol Zaborze Sp. z o.o., Fabryka Maszyn i Urządzeń OMAG Sp. z o.o., Sopockie Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń ERGO HESTIA SA, META Systemy Magazynowania Sp. z o.o.