#HEROESWELOVE INTERNATIONAL INSTAGRAM CONTEST: THE WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP

#HEROESWELOVE INTERNATIONAL INSTAGRAM CONTEST: THE WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP
All partners
January 2017

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YOU have selected the winner and two runners-up of our #HeroesWeLove International Instagram Contest! 33 finalists were selected from among 1800 submissions by a special jury with members representing all project partners and YOU have voted with your 👍s to select the images by @cholpon.zhanadyl, @jul_frost and @miirtich as your favourite. We received more than 4000 individual 👍s. Explore all contributions on Instagram.

We invited Instagram users to search for remains of the recent past around them, to find forgotten or unnoticed monuments, to visit museums and galleries and to share their encounters with #HeroesWeLove. Memorials, public sculpture, murals, mosaics, state buildings, housing complexes, memorabilia, publications; all that made part of the socialist experiment from 1945 to early 1990s.

@cholpon.zhanadyl is the winner with more than 1200 👍s, followed closely by @jul_frost as the first runner-up with over 1100 👍s. The second runner-up is @miirtich with over 350 👍s.

WE HAVE ASKED THE WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP ABOUT THEIR IMAGES. HERE IS WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY:

cholpon-zhanadyl“The photo was taken during my fieldwork research “Ghost towns of the Kyrgyz Republic: Life of elderly people in the former industrial towns of Kyrgyzstan: Social Support system, survival mechanisms & quality of life” in the summer of 2009 in the Kadji-Sayvillage village of the Issyk-Kul region.
It was just an interesting moment that I was lucky to catch. I saw several wondering sheep around the abandoned village “House of Culture” (Дом культуры). The statue of Lenin is pointing at the sheep and the writing behind in Russian says “Искусство принадлежит народу” (“Art belongs to people”). These elements make an image about history, the picture tells a story of an era. The image visualises the ideology of the Soviet Union, of how the government at that time treated people. However, it can be said that little has changed since when it comes to the relationship between the power and the people.”
— Cholpon Zhanadyl (@cholpon.zhanadyl) is a visual anthropologist, filmmaker and producer from Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

jul_frost“The picture shows an adding machine – Accounting Manual Typewriter “FELIX” – made in the USSR in 1947. It is a marvel of engineering and the subject of detailed art. The machine allows to add, subtract, multiply, divide; it was mostly used by the army as it could be used in the field and in combat conditions. Even without a source of electricity it could make necessary calculations for launching rockets. The machine was named after Felix Dzerzhinsky, a Soviet statesman, also known as Iron Felix.”
— Julia Leshchenko (@jul_frost) is a student at the College of Pharmacy in Kiev, Ukraine with a keen interest in the history and heritage of Ukraine

miirtich“I took the photo at “Spomen dom” – the Battle of Sutjeska Memorial Complex. I was moved by the verse “Da li će sloboda umeti da peva, kao što su sužnji pevali o njoj” (“Will freedom know how to sing the way the slaves sang about it”) by the Serbian poet Branko Miljković, written on the dynamic surface, while the girl in the picture was attracted to the hand-carved names of more than 7000 partisans.”
— Miha Heber (@miirtich) is a student from Radlje ob Dravi, Slovenia

The Instagram Contest ran concurrently with the international project “Heroes We Love. Ideology, Identity and Socialist Art in New Europe”, supported by the European program Creative Europe 2014−2020. In the period 2015−2017 the project will deal with the legacy of socialist art in New Europe and focus on the most important art-related issues, problems and opportunities of the period as well as produce a series of exhibitions, public art interventions, and international conferences and workshops. “Heroes” brings together nine partners from Central and Southeast Europe, from Poland to Albania: Maribor Art Gallery (leading partner); BLOK Association (CRO); SCCA Contemporary Art Center Sarajevo (BiH); Tirana Art Lab (Albania); Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (Poland); IEFSEM Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Sofia (Bulgaria); Museum of Yugoslav History (SRB); University of Primorska (SLO); Cultural Association Center plesa, Maribor (SLO).

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