In view of the current world situation, courage is needed to continue expressing yourself artistically and creating a new perspective through art.
„Fearless.“ is a statement.
Under this motto, the Darmstadt Secession invited young artists under the age of 40 to submit works in the fields of painting, drawing, photography and digital image development. An expert jury consisting of six board members of the Darmstadt Secession, honorary chairman Horst Dieter Bürkle and Julia Reichelt, curator Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt, has reviewed 180 submissions and nominated ten positions for the Darmstadt Secession Prize. They show a broad spectrum ranging from abstract to narrative-pictorial representation, from political-current dimensions to free, artistic works.
Among them, the main prize, endowed with € 5,000, and the prize money endowed with € 2,500, will be awarded. The award ceremony will take place on the day of the finissage, June 25, 2017, at 5 p.m. in the Kunstforum.
Thoughts on the topic of the 2017 call
The title FEARFREE. refers to the current socio-political situation, which in many causes a diffuse feeling of being threatened and abandoned, to which the individual faces helplessness. Work is expected that deals directly with the German fear in terms of content and form. On the other hand, an artistically authentic act can only unfold in a state of fearlessness or a feeling of being transcending feelings of fear. Following this, papers should be submitted which address the overcoming of this paralysis of the creative, whereby here a wide range of image approaches in the formal and contentual is possible.