Create to Connect Art Competition

Date and time: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, November 12, 2020 (All day)

OPEN CALL: “Create to Connect” Art Prize

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) is pleased to launch the “Create to Connect” art prize competition, an open call for new and innovative artworks by emerging and mid-career Tunisian artists, or foreign artists based in Tunisia, that explore new visual mediums and innovative formats of artistic creation in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Artists have the power to shed light on the problems we are confronted with at this difficult time and to encourage us to remember those who are suffering.

Create to Connect Art Prize Themes

We invite you to share an original creation from 2020 that best portrays your reflections on one or more of these themes:

  • Social memory: We are facing social and economic challenges due to unjust economic structures. How are we responding to the injustices that pre-existed this crisis and have been further exacerbated during this crisis?
  • Individual memory: Emotions, memories, dreams, and reflections have been experienced during this time. What is going through our minds during this crisis? What kind of reflections did the pandemic trigger in each one of us individually?
  • Urban memory: Restrictions on movement and social distancing feels new to many of us. Our freedom of movement has been restricted by this virus. How do we imagine our city during the lockdown? What memories does this evoke of past lockdowns? How were those different and similar?


Please carefully read our rules and procedures before applying

Who can submit?

  • Emerging and mid-career Tunisian artists, based in Tunisia or abroad, or
  • Emerging and mid-career foreign artists, based in Tunisia.
  • To enter the “Create to Connect” art prize, all eligible artists must fill an online application form  ( This information will be used to provide necessary updates on key deadlines.

What can be submitted?

  • The artwork submitted must comply with at least one of the art prize themes listed above
  • Artists have to submit original artwork
  • Visual art, such as painting in any medium, drawing and illustration, photography, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, digital art, video, etc., are welcome. Video submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Works must have been completed in 2020. They must have solely been created during or as a result to the current global pandemic and be relevant to the themes of the Create to Connect art prize
  • Submissions must be sharp and clear, with no glare, and photographs or files must be a high enough quality to properly evaluate the artwork; for videos, a URL link must be submitted. For all other mediums, file sizes must be small enough to be submitted as an email attachment. If chosen, you may be asked to submit a higher resolution image of your work.
  • A short description of the artwork is necessary with the submission, clearly linking the artwork to one of the themes above (French, English or Arabic description will be accepted).  File must be in Word format (200-500 words)
  • A short bio of the artist is necessary (French, English or Arabic description will be accepted). File must be in Word format (200-500 words).

All submissions, including attachments, must be sent to: by November 12th, 2020. Any additional materials submitted in a separate email may not be evaluated.


Top 20 Finalists

  • Receive a digital "Finalist Participation Certificate"
  • Will be featured in our online exhibition on the Voices of Memory website, and other social media channels for better visibility of their artistic achievement

Top 3 Finalists

  • Receive a cash prize (1st  prize is 3000 dt, 2nd  prize is 2000 dt, 3rd  prize is 1000 dt)
  • Receive a digital "Finalist Participation Certificate"
  • Will be featured in our online exhibition on the Voices of Memory website, and other social media channels for better visibility of their artistic achievement

Guest Judges

Dorra Dalila Cheffi is a Finnish-Tunisian artist. She was born in Helsinki in 1990 and currently lives and works in Tunis. She graduated with a BA from Aalto University School of Art, Design, and Architecture in 2018, with a minor in sculpting and painting. She also graduated from Pekka Halonen Academy in 2014 with a concentration in photography. Her first solo exhibition, "Bitter Oranges," occurred in Tunis in February 2020. Her first online solo show, "Screenshots of Novel Realities," was shown by The Other Space by Andersen’s Contemporary. Her artworks are part of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation collection, the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), as well as private collections in New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Los Angeles, Zurich, Tunis and Helsinki.

Hela Lamine was born in 1984 in Tunis. She is a graduate of the Fine Arts Institute of Tunis and the University of Paris I Panthéon –Sorbonne. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Fine Arts, and teaches at the Institute of Fine Arts in Sousse (Tunisia). She uses several mediums, such as drawing, engraving, painting, collage, fresco and new digital techniques. Whether through graphic narratives or food “laid on plate and on display”, she experiments with, often in a jocular and derisive way, the confusion that underlies what can be seen and what may be hidden underneath.

Mouna Siala Jmal was born in 1973 in Paris. She currently works in Tunis. She holds a PhD in Arts and Sciences of Art from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Since 1993, she has participated in several exhibitions in France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Algiers, Bamako, Dakar (Senegal Minister of Culture Dak'Art Award), Geneva, Casablanca, Kolkata, Los Angeles, New York and Tunisia. Her work "Ulysse de la hafsia," was presented at the 1st Contemporary Art Biennale in Rabat, Morocco, and is currently on display at the "Frac Val de loire” center in France.

Khadija Hamdi-Soussi is a Tunisian curator, art adviser, and teacher-researcher. She collaborated with several different galleries and auction houses such as “Sotheby’s and Tajan” as part of her master’s studies in the art market at EAC Paris, before continuing with a PHD in Islamic art at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She worked for the Nadour Contemporary Arab Art Fund, which is based in Germany, while practicing as an independent curator and assistant art history professor at the university of Sfax. As a researcher in art history and archeology, and a curator in contemporary art, she sought to establish links between the old and the contemporary. She curated a diverse number of exhibitions, among which was “The Horror of the Full” at the Selma Feriani gallery in Sidi Bou Saïd.

Selection Rules

Submissions are subject to evaluation based on creativity, originality, and quality of work. We believe that each piece of art has value, and we will rely on our judges' expertise to evaluate the quality of submitted works.

Art Prize Terms and Conditions

The artwork, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material created by the art prize entrant. Entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted artwork is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the creation does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the image.

Important dates and information

Submission deadline: 12th of November 2020

Artists notified: Late November

Updates about the art prize will be shared via email to the Create to Connect participants. Don’t forget to fill in this application google form (