CALL TO ACTION
The Münzenberg Forum’s art competition with its three categories photography, film and collage is entering its seventh year.
2022 is the motto:
„Let us not be frightened by the adversity of external circumstances, we have only one answer for all difficulties: more than ever!“
This is the translation of the closing words from Clara Zetkin’s farewell letter from the social democratic women’s magazine „Die Gleichheit“ (The igequality). She had held this post since 1892 and developed the SPD-journal into a central organ of the proletarian women’s movement in the struggle for women’s equality, social justice and international solidarity. While the circulation of the bi-weekly newspaper was initially only a few thousand, it rose to over 125,000 at the beginning of the First World War.
In 1910, at the second „International Socialist Women’s Conference“ in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin proposes the introduction of an international women’s day, which is celebrated in many European countries the following year and remains a central reference point for feminist movements throughout the world.
After World War I, Zetkin found a new home first in the split-off USPD and later in the KPD. She became a member of the Reichstag, organized numerous solidarity campaigns as president of the Internationale Arbeiterhilfe (IAH), edited women’s magazines close to the party, and was active in various women’s associations.
Stricken by increasing illness, she has to watch the rise of the NSDAP. In this political and economic crisis, she opened the constituent session of the Reichstag in 1932. She urgently warns against the strengthening fascism and pleads for a broad resistance, behind which the divisive should take a back seat. She died the following year in exile in Russia.
Clara Zetkin was born in 1857 – 165 years ago. She lived through war, repression, poverty, the disintegration of old orders, powerful social movements, hope and failure. In the turmoil of her time, she remained true to herself. Her gaze was directed forward, despite all the difficulties, all the disasters, all the calamities.
The MÜNZENBERG FORUM BERLIN expects submissions in the individual categories that deal with today’s socio-political conditions and developments using the respective stylistic means in the context of the theme. The deadline for all three categories is 5 August 2022. We will award prize money of up to €5,000 in each category, the distribution of which will be decided by a jury.
The works of all prize winners will be shown in an exhibition from 30 September 2022 to 31 October 2022 in the foyer of FMP1 (Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin). In addition, the winners‘ contributions will be published on the website and in the social media channels of the MÜNZENBERG FORUM BERLIN and in a insert to the documentation.
PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: „USE PHOTO AS A WEAPON“
The photography competition is open to all photographers in Germany and abroad who have not yet reached the age of forty by 01.04.2022. Up to three individual images or a consistent series/reportage of up to eight images can be submitted. These must be sent directly to email@example.com or via a fileshare platform (e.g. wetransfer.com) by August 05, 2022. Images must be high-resolution jpegs with an edge length (long side) of 3500 pixels. Do not send PDFs! The application should also include the titles of the photos, the year in which the pictures were taken, an explanation of the work on a maximum of one A4 page with reference to the competition motto, as well as a curriculum vitae showing the artistic development. Photo collages please take part in the collage competition.
FILM COMPETITION: „CONQUER THE FILM“
The film competition is open to all filmmakers in Germany and abroad who have not yet reached the age of forty by April 1, 2022. A film with a maximum length of 30 minutes can be submitted. This must be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or via a fileshare platform (e.g. wetransfer.com) by 05 August 2022. The film should have HD resolution (720p or higher). Desired file formats are mp4, wmv, avi and mov. The application should include the title of the film, the year of release, an explanation of the work on a maximum of one A4 page with reference to the competition motto, as well as a curriculum vitae showing the artistic development.
The films will be shown at the award ceremony and published on the website of the MÜNZENBERG FORUM BERLIN, as well as its social media channels. At least one trailer of the film is required for this purpose. We will also show the films as part of the exhibition. In addition, we are planning an insert with the works of the winners, which will be included in the daily newspaper nd-aktuell. Stils from the film are needed for this.
COLLAGE COMPETITION: „TAKE SCISSORS“
The collage competition is open to all artists in Germany and abroad who have not yet reached the age of forty by 01.04.2022. Up to three individual works can be submitted. A high-resolution photo of the work must be sent directly to email@example.com or via a fileshare platform (e.g. wetransfer.com) by August 05, 2022. Artworks of image and photo montage, as well as collage can be entered into the competition. Plastic collages/montages and sculpture are not allowed. The application should also include the titles of the works, the year of creation, an explanation of the work on a maximum of one A4 page with reference to the competition motto, as well as a curriculum vitae showing the artistic development.
GUIDELINES for the art competition in all three categories
1) The artists participating assure that they own the copyrights on the submitted works (text/lyrics, image etc.). Furthermore they asssure that no rights to the submitted works and used material are held by third parties and that, in cases where individuals or enterprises are shown, no individual rights or corporate rights are infringed upon.
2) The artists participating release the organizer of all liability claims by third parties concerning the violation of copyright issues mentioned in paragraph 1.
3) The organizer of the competition respects the image and exploitation rights of the participants. By submitting the works the participant guarantees the organizer to publish/ and use the images of the submitted works and to exhibit the works free of charge in the context of the competition and the following exhibition.
4) Submitted contributions and data are stored for the purposes of the competition. They will not be passed on to third parties. Participants who receive a prize money will be published on the web pages and social media channels of the organizer with their (artist) name and, if applicable, a web presence.
5) Post-submitted contributions can not be returned.
6) The legal process for the competition is excluded.
Data privacy agreement
Specified, personal participant data are stored, processed and used solely for the purpose of carrying out this competition and contacting the winners. This data is not passed on to third parties.