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The ZVONO Award – About

The ZVONO Award – YVVA The Young Visual Artists Award in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) – was established in 2006 by SCCA Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art. Since 2017 SKLOP is the new official partner for the organization of the award in BiH.

The ZVONO Award is realized by SKLOP together with two partner institutions from New York: Residency Unlimited and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.

The contest is announced with an open call in public and social media and is open for visual artists from BiH up to the age of 40.

The ZVONO Award for the award winner consists of a two-months residency in New York at Residency Unlimited and a solo exhibition upon the return of the award winner from the US.

The aim of The  ZVONO Award is to provide support to young creative artists and to facilitate the continuation of their activities by shifting them from the marginal to a central role in the society. This is established by creating a positive context for the young art, creativity, and innovativeness which society could and should identify.

The ZVONO Award is part of  YVVA The Young Visual Artists Award network, consisting of 12 countries from south-eastern Europe (www.yvaawards.org). The award project has been conceived as a new and prestigious point of gathering the most creative forces of the art contemporary scene, locally, where the award is being awarded, but also internationally, in the countries where the award is acknowledged.

The Name of the Award

The name of The ZVONO Award is as a tribute to the artist’s group Zvono formed in Sarajevo in 1982 and active until the outbreak of war in 1992.

Its members were Sead Čizmić, Biljana Gavranović, Kemal Hadzić, Sadko Hadžihasanović, Narcis Kantardžić, and Aleksandar Saša-Bukvić, the initiator of the group’s collaborative work and the driving force behind its organization and promotion.

Well-informed about current artistic ideas, not yet accepted and recognized into the infrastructure of the existing art system they started to exhibit and present their works and performances in the most out-of-the-ordinary places: in bars, in the streets, in stadiums and shop-windows. This was, up to that time, the most radical behavior ever in Bosnia and Herzegovina modern art.

The Aim of the Award

The aim of The ZVONO Award is to provide support to young creative artists and to facilitate the continuation of their activities by shifting them from the marginal to a central role in the society. This is established by creating a positive context for the young art, creativity, and innovativeness which society could and should identify.

The important features of the award are the openness and the public accessibility of the contest, as well as the accessibility to public scrutiny of the entire organization of the contest for the young artists. The jury composed of experts has to guarantee that the award winner is selected in a fair way, without prejudice, and that the winner decision rests entirely upon professional considerations.

The award project has been conceived as a new and prestigious point of gathering of the most creative forces of the contemporary scene – locally,  where the award is being awarded, but also internationally, in the countries of the YVVA network.

The organizers of the prize are committed to provide opportunities for all participants to make contacts with each other, with the intention to intensify cooperation and exchange of experience among the young contemporary artists from participating countries.

The Organization of the Award

The ZVONO Award is organized by SKLOP together with two partner institutions from New York: Residency Unlimited (RU) and The Trust for Mutual Understand (TMU).

Obligations of the initiation foundation (TMU):
The Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) is obliged to bear the costs for the travel and residency to/in New York for the award winner.

Obligations of the residency partner (RU):
The residency partner Residency Unlimited (RU) is obliged to bear the costs for the working space and the organisation of 1-3 encounters a week with curators and artists, as well as for the weekly visits to relevant galleries and museums in NY.

Obligations of the local partner (SKLOP):
The local partner is obliged to bear the costs for the organization of the open call, jury meeting, group exhibition of four finalists, and solo exhibition of the award winner.