Open call for the 14th Biennial of Young Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje

biennial theme: awakening

The Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje announces an international open call for participation in the 14th Biennial of Young Artists on “Awakening”.

From Thursday, June 16 to Wednesday, July 20, 2022, all domestic and foreign artists under the age of 35 are invited to apply using the electronic application form via the link:

https://forms.gle/zE1b4p1vuDrFJHZ99

Mandatory application data:

  • Original portfolio with 5 selected works with photographic documentation and a description of up to 150 words per work in pdf format (not more than 10 MB)
  • Original biography, up to 250 words

The artists can submit works produced in the period 2020 – 2022; otherwise, the artists can apply with concepts for works which they are planning to produce, accompanied by a detailed description and technical solution – where applicable. The deadline for realization of the conceptual projects that will be selected is January 15, 2023.

Each artist can participate with a maximum of 1 copyright work.

Applications should be submitted in Macedonian or English.

The submitted applications will be reviewed and selected by the curatorial team: Nikola Uzunovski, Artan Sadiku, Bojana Janeva and Iva Dimovski.

The results of the open call will be published on the official website of the Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje on August 1, 2022.

For additional questions, interested participants can submit questions to the e-mail address info@msu.mk no later than Sunday, July 10, 2022.

The curatorial team will organize an informative session for all interested participants in the premises of the Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje, on June 21, 2022.

More information on the topic of this year’s 14th Biennial of Young Artists:

The theme of the upcoming Biennial is “Awakening”. Referring simultaneously to the processes of confrontation and daydreaming, the theme aims to encourage young authors to express their thoughts, dis/agreements, in/securities, dis/satisfactions, dreams and ambitions in the face of personal and societal change. These diverse changes, from leaving the comfort zone at the end of an educational process or detaching from the nucleus of a family towards independence, starting or changing careers, or the imposed circumstances resulting from the global pandemic and restrictions, bring with them the aspect of duality. On one hand their occurrence is restrictive, while on the other hand their process is liberating. The theme of the Biennial aims to explore and portray the process and the change, the action and the new beginning – hence, the theme Awakenings.

We invite young artists from around the world to present their work created in their own context of awakening(s) and to reply to the questions: how do young artists who part from the comfort of family and educational framework face social problems and challenges?  What do young people do when they wake up in a world where they are not as protected as they used to be? How do they dream and imagine the world that, after three years of isolation, finally opens its doors to freedom of expression and action?