The Malta Festival will produce eight out of 72 projects submitted to the No Title open call. The winning works, including performative actions, a poetic radio play, an interactive installation, an exhibition, and a radio station, will be presented during the 32nd festival in late June/early July in Poznań.
The international jury composed of Yulia Krivich, Joanna Pańczak, Dorota Semenowicz and Olga Stryzniova selected five winning projects and three honourable mentions.
The organizers would like to thank all the international artists and those living in Poland for their submissions. The No Title jury explain their choices below.
Lia Dostlieva and Andrii Dostliev, for portraying a conquered country as a resource for capitalist economy; for showing the aggressor’s perspective; and for addressing the theme of the colonisation of Eastern European countries in a surprising and nonobvious way.
Pablo Ramírez González, for showing the status of plants in colonisation practices; for making a reference to the ancient concept of Mayan civilization; and for his attempt to transform the relationship between human and nonhuman beings using video and sound.
Victoria Myronyuk, for using a ritual that puts the participant in a one-to-one confrontation with private and social history and the memory of others, and on the other hand, for creating an opportunity to collectively transform the past into different forms of narration.
Igor Shugaleev, Sergey Shabohin, Aleksandra Kononchenko and Marina Dashuk, for showing the life of political prisoners in Belarus; for expressing solidarity with the protesters against totalitarian regimes; and for using performative tools to fight against injustice.
Olena Siyatovska, for making public the private stories of women who fleeing from the Russian aggression in Ukraine; and for identifying propaganda tools and subversively using them to shout out intimate stories.
Bergamot Group (Raman Tratsiuk and Volha Maslouskaya), for creating an opportunity to physically experience support and solidarity in a situation of danger; for making the experience of oppression public and for documenting the process on film.
Zoi Michailova and Taras Gembik, for using music and poetry to create an intimate, safe space that engages the audience; and for using language (Ukrainian) as a form of soft resistance.
Maria Redko, for sharing her personal story (which, unfortunately, stands for many similar ones today) using drawings, which say more than many feature films; for triggering empathy that brings us closer to the experience of children who are fleeing the bombings and mothers who are rescuing them.