The collaborative team of the Institute of Culture and Art within the International Slavic University "Gavrilo Romanovich Derzhavin", Sveti Nikole has had the great honor and pleasure to thank you publicly for participating in the Second International Competition about Caricature and Aphorism "Me, Itar Pejo (Sly Peter)" and any other theme which was opened from 15th June, 2020 until 30th September, 2020.
The aim of the competition was to stimulate artistic creation and to provide a platform by which people can express their opinions through caricatures and aphorisms. There are 253 cartoons, aphorisms written by 63 authors and 158 cartoons in children's and youth selection of the competition.
Taking part in this type of international competition, which is second of this type at our Institute has been more than knowledge and opportunity to express the art form, because by following aphorisms and caricatures fundamentally we recognize a different type of art that although it seems that this type of art has a specially developed language, yet in the background there is a strong scream to all participants at the present time we live in.
The great interest and the need to emphasize the message you sent to all of us once again has confirmed that young people are inexhaustible source of ideas and their courage to emphasize the invisible, apparently encouraging us to give the children and the youth a special place and opportunity to take part in (Children and youth competition), and we have additionally allocated funds for the awarded works.
The large number of works of art that have arrived not only from our country, but also from many other countries around the world has only confirmed our hunger for artistic creation and the desire of the "people" of different age groups to express their special language with complete freedomand autonomy, imagination, spontaneity and creativity.
We are all aware of the fact that art contains many psychological roots of things related to our reality. The new reality that we "have been living" for several months due to the pandemic caused by COVID -19 in a way, was used by many artists as a "time for art" and it has contributed to the opportunity to encourage creative thinking, finding "new talents" and works that deeply inside emphasize the (personal, collective, universal) consciousness. Nevertheless, we have managed to motivate and inspire you this time as well – when everyone survived, experienced, and felt the fear of "tomorrow" with all the positive and negative elements of the inner feeling and corresponding to the outside of man, with all his character traits, and through the multitude of psychological messages that are rooted in the "invisible" and the latent feeling to create your artistic expressions and for a moment to forget "the thing" that defocuses you from "the life you wish you have had".
Why the topic "Me, Itar Pejo (Sly Peter)" was considered? Right at this moment, we aware of the fact that being focused on one of the most humorous characters in this area will take you to a relaxing state and for a moment will make you smile, remind you of your childhood, of your values that kept you through good times and bad times with all life events.
Certainly, the free caricature and aphorism topic was of great importance because of the challenge that was expected from your works of art through these artistic forms of expression.
The works that we received are of particular importance to the general public because they present the reality through your thought, wittingly expressed, which contains irony, sarcasm, global paradox, a twist in order to point out the meaningful point, as well as an attempt through your creativity to cause awaking to the natural necessity for jokes and laughter within "the man", but at the same time you have given us the opportunity to see the key role for the intellectual development of our predecessors, as well as, for our contemporaries, so that we can the most realistically perceive, or discover all those elements of chaos, disorder, and through irony, sarcasm and appropriate wit without vulgarities send us the inner scream for THE EXPERIENCE we have lived through or have survived all of us in an appropriate way.
You, dear participants, have given yourself, you have given us, and you have given to the whole public works that are part of your commitment, your thought, your wit, your talent that may be an indicator for us to see things (more) clearly so that the biggest psychological projects can be solved – Personality and Community, through your feelings as a creator of this type of work of art.
The Committee that is in charge of perceiving, determining and detecting the works as a whole in all aspects, which are significant in order to select the best and the most complex works is faced with a in difficult challenge.
The Committee is comprised of 5 members:
President of the Committee- Prof. Jordan Gjorcev, PhD,
Jordan Pop Iliev, member,
Halit Kurtulmus, member (Republic of Turkey),
Miro Gjeorgievski, member,
Igor Smirnov, member (Russia),
during the period 10th - 20th November, 2020 will have the great honor and pleasure to evaluate the works and the information about the awarded works will be announced on 30th November, 2020.
The awarded works in the section of Children and Youth competition will be announced in accordance with the selection of the Committee in charge of selecting the works.
We cordially greet all of you and we expect you to take part in our next projects as participants, initiators of next ideas, but also as critics of internal and external dialectics.
Director of the Institute of Culture and Art with International Slavic University,
Prof. Sonja Rizoska Jovanovska, PhD
Full Professor at the Faculty of Psychology within ISU
Participants and Gallery of the 2nd international Competition for caricature and aphorism "Me, Itar Pejo" 2020
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