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Open call for artistic interventions within the Un-hidden Romania programme

apel deschis pentru intervenții artistice în cadrul programului Un-hidden Romania

Results

Once again we would like to thank all the participants to the Un-hidden Romania open call for street art in Bucharest.

We are super happy we receive 55 entries from 38 artists (Acatrinei Elena DanielaAlexa LincuAlexandra IliescuAlexia BanicaAlin MihaiAna PopaAndreea OprisanAndrei FeleaATOMABona BerlinCarlaont Constantin Alin (Ghosty), Codreanu AndreiCoste GabrielDandu AlexanDruEder JGrassiErez (Erezoo) & Ziv (Zivink), FLORIAN Ionescu Emilian MugurFRAGMENTAFrancesca BadeaHarcea PaceaHomeboy LDJILUCJoli JoncMalpegados (Pipo Zúñiga), Matteo Ceretto Castigliano aka CT, Mikhaela MartinMister THOMSMonica BriciuNSN997Pătrașcu IoanaPopescu IonutRobert Leonte (RO), RoserRUN StreetARTThiago GomesFilipunu unu unu invers unu) from 5 different countries (Brazil, Chile, Israel, Italy, Romania), representing artistic works for the 3 public spaces proposed by the competition theme, as follows:

– 15 works proposed for the space offered by ROMEXPO, the programme partner, which were evaluated by: representatives of the partner ROMEXPO; the artists MSER, Pisica Pătrată; and representatives of Save or Cancel (Cristina Popa and Andrei Racovițan);

– 18 works proposed for the space offered by MNAC, the programme partner, which were evaluated by: Călin Dan (MNAC General Director), Sandra Demetrescu (MNAC Programmes Director), Alexandru Oberländer-Târnoveanu (MNAC Museographer / Curator), Mădălina Tichie (MNAC Museographer / Cultural Mediation); the artists MSER, Pisica Pătrată; and representatives of Save or Cancel (Cristina Popa and Andrei Racovițan);

– 22 works proposed for the space offered by Special Secondary School No. 9, which were evaluated by: Cana Cristina (Director of Special Secondary School No. 9) and Alina Hirit; the artists MSER, Pisica Pătrată; and representatives of Save or Cancel (Cristina Popa and Andrei Racovițan);

The evaluation and selection of the winning works, which will be implemented between March and April 2023, was carried out between 16 and 20 December 2022 by an odd jury, and following the evaluation process, the winning works selected for award and implementation were the works proposed by:

  • Mr. Thoms – “NEXT STOP: FUTURE“, for the space offered by ROMEXPO;
  • Andrei Felea – “Focal point“,  for the space offered by MNAC;
  • Alexa Lincu, for the space offered by Special Secondary School No. 9.

Artworks selected for award and implementation

Artwork: NEXT STOP: FUTURE – for the space offered by ROMEXPO

Artist: Mister Thoms

Short description of the work:
NEXT STOP: FUTURE
It’s a race, people are in a race.
At the head of the competition is a robot that represents “technology”
Each in his own way through his own profession (Science, Art, Teaching)
tries to keep up with the Robot that represents the ever faster “technological evolution” in our age.

Artist biography:
Born in Rome, born in 1979, Mister Thoms began to paint Graffiti in 1996 and is currently one of the best known Italian street artists.
It’s very name evokes an onomatopoeic sound that suggests the elasticity of its art: Mr.Thoms, the real name of Diego della Posta, is actually a multifaceted artist who expresses himself not only through Street Art, but also through painting, illustration and graphic design, in a constant search for balance between the ironic mood and the expressive concept.

Mr.Thoms plays with bright colours and geometric shapes to create movement. The walls where he works have a direct influence on his subject. His great understanding of architecture and body language allow him to capture the essence of his characters.

This is what defines Mr.Thoms skills, his ability to represent movement on the walls, but at the same time express a concept, sending a message on which to reflect in an ironic way.

Active in the street art scene, he participates in urban art events and festivals all over the world, Italy, England, New York Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany, Russia, California, Mexico, Portugal and Spain, spreading his ironic and cutting style. His talent is to transform ordinary places into extraordinary places.

Artwork: Focal Point – for the space offered by MNAC

Artist: Andrei Felea

Short description of the work:
The work “Focal Point” is based on highlighting the importance of street art in relation to the urban environment. Given the high desire for curiosity that a city like Bucharest can generate, people’s duty in the 21st century is to give back to the city. With respect for all categories of art, we have the opportunity to enjoy all that is on offer. Although we are in the midst of a city painted in shades of grey, yet the imprint of artists remains almost impossible to erase or forget. 

Artist biography:
Hi, I’m Andrei Felea, I’m 27 years old, I’m a visual artist and a graduate of the National University of Arts in Bucharest. I have my own imaginative universe and my works make you think, their message having different interpretations, depending on who is watching. I am always in search of knowledge and something new. I appreciate historical, social and cultural approaches. I always want to stop the moment and capture it.

Artist: Alexa Lincu – for the space offered by Școala Gimnazială Specială Nr. 9

Short description of the work:
But could youth last and life still breed? Through books there’s now way it wouldn’t. As a life changing experience, an invitation to discover the world, to discover yourself, a bequest. An encyclopedia of the state of being, of the soul. Shall it make us all grow.

Artist biography:
I’m Alexa. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, although it never occurred to me until my senior year of high school that I’d choose to make a career out of it. Graduating from the Mural Art department of the National University of Arts in Bucharest, I’m curious to experiment with both traditional and digital mediums, looking forward to reflecting upon a better understanding of the artistic practice in the matter of contemporary art. My works reflect my journey of profound introspection, using as a source of inspiration feelings that are rooted in current events or childhood memories, developing the visual context of a new world of possibilities.

Invitation

Artists are invited to contribute to urban regeneration through art by participating in the new open call for artistic interventions within the multiannual Un-hidden Romania programme.

Proposals will have to meet the specific requirements of each space, as described in the Terms of the open call, and will have to be submitted in digital format, between 5 and 15 December 2022, 23:59, by filling in the participation form published on the page dedicated to the call, https://un-hidden.ro/apel-deschis-street-art.

The selection of the winning artistic interventions will be made by an impartial jury made up of representatives of the programme partners – Școala Gimnazială Specială nr. 9, Romexpo SA, MNAC, representatives of the organiser and artists.

Participants may submit a maximum of three proposals in total to this open call, one proposal for each of the three targeted places. Prizes are not cumulative, so a participant can win only one prize, either as an individual or as part of a group. There is no fee for participating in this open call.

The open call for artistic interventions offers the opportunity to realise the selected interventions, awarding three cash prizes and a production budget, totalling 11.400 lei (approximately 2.300 euros), as well as exposure in the project’s concluding exhibition in May 2023.

Terms

Calendar

  • 05 – 15 December 2022, ora 23:59 / registrations
  • 16 – 19 20 December 2022 / evaluation
  • 20 21 December 2022 / announcement of results and jury
  • March 2023 / installation of the winning intervention – A
  • April 2023 / installation of the winning intervention – B
  • April 2023  / installation of the winning intervention – C
  • May 2023 / displaying the winning works in the programme’s concluding exhibition

Places and themes:

A. Școala Gimnazială Specială Nr. 9 (Special Secondary School no. 9)

Address: 34 Trompetului Street
Implementation: March 2023
Area: 64 sqm (8 m length x 8 m height)

Theme: The proposed intervention takes into account the specificities of the special school, thus the image will be aimed at inspiring confidence, joy and curiosity for reading in schoolchildren, through warm colours and/or friendly characters.

B. Atelierele Romexpo building

Address: 2 Expoziției Boulevard
Implementation: April 2023
Area: 112 sqm (22,4 m length x 5 m height)

Theme: The proposed work will aim to humanise the public space in Bucharest, promoting knowledge and exploration of it through art.

C. MNAC Annex (Muzeul Național de Artă Contemporană – București)

Anexa MNAC - Calea Mosilor

Address: Calea Moșilor 62 – 68
Implementation: April 2023
Area: 12 sqm (6 m length x 2 m height)

Theme: The proposed work will partly illustrate the direction and values of the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Bucharest and, at the same time, enter into a dialogue with the Urban Steps exhibition hosted by MNAC, which brings together some of the most active and appreciated street artists in Romania such as Erps, Sage, Irlo, Obie Platon, Kero, Ocu, Lost Optics, Recis, Pandele, Mser, HomeBoy and many others.

Awards

A. Artistic intervention implemented in Bucharest, at the Special Secondary School no. 9, Trompetului Street, in March 2023. Interdisciplinary co-production in collaboration with an electronic music composer.

  • monetary prize: 2.670 lei NET (542 euros). Save or Cancel production will withhold and pay to the state budget, on behalf of the winners, a final tax of 10% after deducting a deductible rate. The GROSS prize, including tax, is 2.900 lei.
  • logistical support and materials necessary for the production of the artistic intervention, amounting to 1.600 lei (325 euros), including VAT;
  • promotion within the actions of the cultural programme Un-hidden Romania and within the exhibition in May 2023, in Bucharest.

B. Artistic intervention implemented in Bucharest, on the fence of Atelierele Romexpo building in bd. Expoziției, nr. 2, in partnership with Romexpo SA, in April 2023.

  • monetary prize: 2.400 lei NET (487 euros). Save or Cancel production will withhold and pay to the state budget, on behalf of the winners, a final tax of 10% after deducting a deductible rate. The GROSS prize, including tax, is 2.600 lei.
  • logistical support and materials necessary for the production of the artistic intervention, amounting to 1.200 lei (243 euros), including VAT;
  • promotion within the actions of the cultural programme Un-hidden Romania and within the exhibition in May 2023, in Bucharest.

C. Artistic intervention implemented in Bucharest, on the fence of the MNAC Annex, Calea Moșilor, no. 62 – 68, space offered by the program partner, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, in April 2023.

  • monetary award: 2.130 lei NET (433 euros). Save or Cancel production will withhold and pay to the state budget, on behalf of the winners, a final tax of 10% after deducting a deductible rate. The GROSS prize, including tax, is 2.300 lei.
  • logistical support and materials necessary for the production of the artistic intervention, amounting to 800 lei (162 euros), including VAT;
  • promotion within the actions of the Un-hidden Romania cultural programme and the exhibition in May 2023, in Bucharest.

Entry form

Programme produced by Save or Cancel

Distributed by feeder.ro

Partners: Muzeul Național de Artă Contemporană (București)Școala Gimnazială Specială Nr. 9RomexpoBiblioteca Metropolitană București, Facultatea de Sociologie și Asistență Socială (București)Lente (București), Colegiul Național de Arte Regina Maria (Constanța)Asociația Artipic (Iași)

Media partners: IglooZeppelinThe InstituteIQadsRevista Atelierul, Zile și NopțiLa pas prin BrașovLitera 9Romania PozitivăBook HubTeen PressRevista Golan, Propagarta

Co-financed by AFCN
The programme does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the application or the way the program results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.

About Save or Cancel
Since 2009, Save or Cancel has been a medium for the communication and propagation of arts and culture, promoting and facilitating their role in contemporary society.

Save or Cancel’s self-initiated multidisciplinary programs aim to identify sustainable and adaptable opportunities to (re)enhance the existing through architectural, cultural and publishing projects.