Collective Trauma & the Art of Exposure
The Pocket Project Art Award
The Pocket Project envisions creating an active channel of support for visual artists whose work bears a deep connection to the way in which collective trauma affects visible and hidden layers of culture and society throughout the generations and throughout the world.
This vision recognizes the ability of art to create change in the collective consciousness regarding meaningful events of various times and scales, thus contributing to the exposure, recognition, acknowledgement and possible integration of such events. In many cases, traumatic experiences are silenced, denied and excluded from the public narrative, while having a dominant and crucial effect in creating ongoing fragmentation in day-to-day life and culture.
Through the work of art, a complete data system related to a historic event can be exposed to a wide audience, tracing back to the repressed event and flooding it to the front of the stage. In this way, through the creative act, emotional recognition can take place and create a connection to the hidden and invisible essence of traumatic events which have been pushed into becoming an absent presence in our society. Thus, an increase in awareness and potential for taking broader responsibility on the subject is created in the audience.
The Art Award
In 2022, the Pocket Project will be initiating an Art Award for visual artists who work on the visualization of unseen layers of cultural archeology and the subject of collective trauma through their art. A professional Committee will examine the proposals and their relation to the subject, and if found suitable for the grant, the Pocket Organization will support its completion and exposure to the public.
The Pocket Project Art Award will be offered in two categories:
Support of a significant solo exhibition
Exhibition grant to provide support for solo show at internationally recognized contemporary art institutions and level A museums.
Support of a specific piece or work
Support for the production of specific work or project to be presented in an international context of dialogue and exchange at leading art institutions around the world.
The application for the grant will be submitted as a single PDF file and will include:
- Artist’s Bio (limit 500 words) – Provide a brief bio highlighting career accomplishments including education, awards, exhibitions, publications, residencies etc.
- Up to 15 images of previous works (including titles).
- Project abstract (limit 50 words) (including information about the venue, curator and planned dates).
- Project description (limit 500 words).
- Up to 10 images of planned project (sketches, 3D simulations etc.).
- Brief narrative description of the relevance of the project to the subject of collective trauma and its intended impact (limit 500 words).
- Overall budget including other income sources.
- The PDF should be titled: Surname_Name_year_Project-Title
A professional committee will examine the work of the artist and its relation to the subject of collective trauma, and if found suitable for the grant, the Pocket Organization will support its completion and exposure to the public.
Allocation of Funds in 2021
As a first step towards the implementation of the Art Award, in 2021 the Pocket Project supported the Lake of Void, chapter from the Liquid Desert project of Prof. Yehudit Sasportas, with an amount of 7,500.00 €.
As co-founder and Director of Arts of the Pocket Project e.V. , Yehudit Sasportas will be bringing her expertise in guiding the work towards the professional set-up of the Art Award. Her current project will serve as a prototype experience.
Art Award Recipient:
is one of the most prominent and prolific Israeli artists working in the local and international art scene today. Her work is focused on site-specific installations, which include sculptures, drawings, video and sound works, and call for an intense sensory experience. Her installations go through a process of responding to the architecture of various museums, as well as the wider cultural context within which they are created.
Her sculptural arrangements deal with a correspondence between subconscious materials, unspoken and unseen, and the way these layers of information activate conscious areas across the surface. Sasportas’ Active Consciousness films, which were made over the course of seven years, present relatively simple actions, yet provoke a deep reflection about how we experience, understand and project our own personal stories on reality.
Sasportas’ works have received recognition for their political relevance.
Sasportas represented Israel in the 2007 Venice Biennale, and created ten international solo exhibitions during the last decade, in venues such as The Kunsthalle Basel; The Berkeley Museum of Art, San Francisco; The Kunstverein Braunschweig; DA2 Domus Atrium, Salamanca; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Sasportas is a senior professor at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem. She works in Tel Aviv and Berlin and is also a lecturer in the International Academy of Consciousness (Germany and the US).
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