Far from the spotlight of the art showbiz, focused on millionaire graffiti and bananas hung with scotch tape in the most famous galleries of the globe, the winning works of the Social Impact Arts Prize 2020 they study solutions as concrete as they are poetic to answer the great current questions. Climate crisis, water scarcity, loss of cultural roots: these are the themes of the three winning projects of the competition promoted by Rupert Art Foundation, aimed at encouraging an artistic production deeply rooted in the communities of the territory of origin, the South African one.
So HELLO WOLK! by studioMAS and Gustav Praekelt is one cloud of metallic prisms that stand out in the semi-desert landscape against drought. futuristic fountain that collects rainwater to irrigate vegetable gardens and gardens e digital totem to receive useful content in real time, from health to school education, by entering a code.
A rain of voices is at the heart of the project Tears Become Rain by David Brits & Raiven Hansmann. Through the rediscovery of the ancient traditions of the choral songs South Africans aim to instill trust and unity in different communities.
From cultural roots to those of trees, firmly intertwined in the third award-winning work. Planted, by Lorenzo Nassimbeni, Andrew Brose and Casper Lundie, reports today's loss of knowledge of the healing powers of plants, which goes hand in hand with a progressive detachment from artisan know-how, from the culinary, architectural and linguistic local tradition. Focusing in particular on the community of Graaff-Reinet, the creative trio imagines a hub where all this knowledge from below can flourish.
“The finalists showed a great sense of responsibility and an authentic creative drive, conceiving ideas with a strong potential for social change,” he says Hanneli Rupert, co-director and president of the Social Impact Arts Prize, «Each work contains a concrete starting point to influence or simply make us more aware of the social dynamics that move the world in which we live»
The sketches of the projects are exhibited at Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch, waiting to be made and exhibited at the Rupert Art Center in Graaff-Reinet between April and June of this year.