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Dogma Prize launched for third time

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By My Tran in HCMC

Artist Richard di San Marzano, head of Dogma Collection, shows the winning self-portrait from artist Ngo Van Sac from last year’s Dogma Collection - Photo: My Tran

Mekong Artists Company in collaboration with HCMC Museum of Fine Arts has launched ‘The Dogma Prize in self-portraiture’ for the third time, giving a chance for artists to win an award of VND120 million for self-portraits.

The contest is for all Vietnamese painters aged 18 and above, who are living in Vietnam. The prize is aimed to inspire artists to explore the
infinite possibilities that the challenge of producing a self-portrait provides and to encourage the participation of young and emerging talents.

“Many artists make portraits of others and many of them forget to
depict themselves, so this is the chance for artists to discover themselves with their own style, ego and passion,” said Italian painter Richard di San Marzano, head of Dogma Collection and member of the judging panel.

To him, the creative process is
essentially one of self-discovery, with self-portraiture having the potential to be one of the most revealing and intense challenges that an artist may undertake. So the fascinating position which self-portraits hold in history of art – a position which is ancient in origin and complex in nature.

Ma Thanh Cao, director of the museum, said: “It is hard to catch the inside character or the psyche to depict portraits of others so in the case of self-portraitures, artists have the  advantage to know themselves better. However, it is not easy at all as artists are required ability to express and to reveal their inner world like a miniature universe.” 

Entries must be originals and have been made in the last 12 months. Submission will be accepted via http://www.dogmaprize.vn until September 16.

Best works making the final round will be posted on the Dogma prize website on September 20. Apart from the first prize, three finalists will be awarded VND20 million each.

“The Dogma Prize reflects the importance of bestowing recognition and awards to artists who demonstrate crafts, skill and originality in the fields of contemporary painting and sculptures as well as photography and new media,” added San Marzano.

Last year, the prize attracted 320 artists. The judging panel consists of Ma Thanh Cao, director of the HCMC Fine Arts Museum, Pham Thi Nhu Quynh, manager of Quynh Gallerie, and Marzano.

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