On the occasion of Europe Day, and the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the School of Fine Arts “Alexei Sciusev” organized on 13 May 2022, the third awarding ceremony of the Republican Art Competition for children entitled „The generation Equality”. 139 artworks, created by pupils aged between 11 and 17 years old, were sent to the organizers from all over the country.
The event was moderated by Ecaterina Popa, the ad interim Director of the NIJ. In the opening remarks, she mentioned: „This year's edition aimed to promote the ideas of inter-human equality and familiarize the younger generation with the tools which ensure gender equality, including the Istanbul Convention, which recently entered into force on 1 May. The Republic of Moldova is the 35th country which ratified this document. I have to admit, in this competition I was not only the organizer but also the jury - a unique experience for me to see, to feel, connect and decipher your meta-message behind your artwork, about equal rights, gender equality and social equality, violence and aggression, passed through your innocent filter, and the fact that you perceive what is right and what is wrong, gives us hope that you will be agents of changing the stereotype on this dimension.”
During the event, Olimpiada Arbuz-Spatari, Director of the School of Fine Arts “Alexei Sciusev” and Emilia Cebotari, senior officer of the project "Awareness-raising activities on the Istanbul Convention in the Republic of Moldova" also took the floor.
The assessment of the artworks was done by a jury composed of representatives of the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts, the College of Fine Arts ”Alexandru Plămădeală”, the National Institute of Justice and the Council of Europe in Chisinau. The members of the jury have taken into account the performance of the paintings according to the competition's title, the originality of the idea, creativity and application of artistic techniques designated the winners in two age categories:
first category (11-14 years):
first place - Ana JITĂREANU, 14 years old, “We are all equal”, School of Arts, Ciorescu,
second place - Bianca BANDALAC, 13 years old, “The generation of equality of different peoples”, „M. Eminescu” High School, Chisinau,
third place - Anastasia SOLONAR, 12 years old, “Equality”, School of Fine Arts, Cahul,
the second category (15-17 years):
first place - Andreea SUSARENCO, 16 years old, “ The generation of equality. Istanbul Convention provisions”, “Mihail Berezovschi” High School with Arts Profile, Chisinau,
second place - Loredana TEMCIUC, 15 years old, “Fair Equality” “Valeriu Poleacov” School of Arts, Chisinau;
third place - Alexandru LACHI, 17 years old, “Different race and gender, but with equal rights” School of Fine Arts, Soldanesti.
The organizers offered a special prize of NIJ - obtained by Natalia LACHI, 15 years old, from the School of Fine Arts, Soldanesti. As a sign of appreciation of the creative skills manifested in the compositions, merit diplomas were awarded to ten other competitors.
The republican contest of fine arts with the generic "The generation of Equality", intended for students from general schools, high schools, gymnasiums, art schools and art studios throughout the republic took place between February and May, for information and promotion, through creation. The action was part of a series of activities carried out based on the Cooperation Agreement between the National Institute of Justice and the "Alexei Sciusev" School of Fine Arts. Thus, within the established partnership, was organized the Republican Fine Arts Contest "Justice - I see you like this"(2017) and "Children's Rights" (2021).