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M17 Sculpture Prize International Forum

01.02.2021 - 27.03.2021

From February 1 to March 27, 2021, the M17 Sculpture Prize International Forum is taking place at the M17 Contemporary Art Center

The M17 Sculpture Prize International Forum is a part of the larger project M17 Sculpture Prize – the first professional prize in Ukraine awarded to the artists who work in the field of three-dimensional art. Chronologically, it coincides with the M17 Sculpture Prize: Roots and Pollen exhibition.

As the logical follow-up to last year’s discussions around three-dimensional art, the topic, chosen for the M17 Sculpture Prize Forum, is focused on Reforming the Space. First, in our opinion, the events over the past year only reinforced the relevance of this topic. And secondly, it is an expression of one of the key requirements for the projects which were due to be (and eventually have been) nominated for the M17 Sculpture Prize 2020 by international experts.

Thus, the objective of the Forum is to analyze what artists feel the state reform should be and how their activities could directly affect social, political, ideological transformations in the country and over the world. During the global redistribution of spheres of influence, narrative and meanings interventions in communication processes, it is important to pay meticulous attention to what forms the surrounding space takes. What do these forms tell us? What do they indicate? And how to start the reform “from below”, in which the “form of space” would have a transformational impact on the ideology, instead of being its “symptom”?

The exhibition M17 Sculpture Prize: Roots and Pollen presents 12 finished works, the drafts of which were nominated for the Prize. It is noteworthy that the competitive selection, which took place with the participation of leading international experts in the field of three-dimensional art, became an interesting aspect of the M17 Sculpture Prize. The projects included in the shortlist have a strong conceptual component and latent potential for the transformation of the “surrounding space”, physical and mental. Therefore, the exhibition is the practical dimension of the Forum’s work, and the Forum is an analytical platform for reflecting on the results of the Prize.

Forum panels:

Format: panel online/offline discussions, lectures, artist’s talks.


The Forum is one of the public formats of work of the M17 Sculpture Project research direction in the M17 Contemporary Art Center

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