Art Oscars 2021: seven artists reinterpret the iconic statuette
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Oscars 2021: seven artists reinterpret the iconic statuette

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Giulia Guido

Last year’s Oscars, as well as closing the famous awards season, was also the last ceremony before the pandemic. Since then we have seen international festivals and film exhibitions slipped to indefinite dates, held in unusual ways or canceled altogether.

Now, more than a year later, it is hoped that this year’s edition, which will take place on 25 April, but it is not yet known how, will be the one of the restart, of return to normality. 

To mark the occasion, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to celebrate all the love for cinema and films with its Bring Your Movie Love” campaign.
Responding to the question “what do movies mean to you?“, 7 internationally renowned artists gave their personal interpretation of the iconic statuette and the 7 artworks were used to form the official poster of this 93rd edition.

Let’s take a look at all the artwork and read on to make sure you don’t miss the video announcing the 2021 Oscars Nominations.

Temi Coker

Temi Coker was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and now lives and works in Dallas where he is an alumnus of the Adobe Creative Residency and runs his own creative studio. In his statuette, he wanted to encapsulate the importance and courage that all black actors and actresses have had. 
«I knew I wanted the statuette to be black as a way to honour all of the black actors and actresses who paved the way.»

Temi Coker

Petra Eriksson

The Swedish illustrator based in Barcelona surrounded the statuette with bands of colour, inspired by the moment when, while watching a film, we are enveloped by another world and become part of it. 
«For me movies has always been about being able to escape to another world for a while and then use that experience either as a little break from every day life or as a tool to understand other people’s situations and emotions better.»

Petra Eriksson

Magnus Voll Mathiassen

With his artwork, the Norwegian graphic designer and illustrator wanted to celebrate everyday stories, those of all of us. Everyday stories that may often seem trivial, but which the cinema has taught us can become extraordinary stories capable of inspiring millions of people.

Magnus Voll Mathiassen

Karan Singh

Celebrating cinema as a true art form is the aim of Karan Singh’s artwork. The Australian artist and illustrator decided to fuse elements of graphic design with the possibilities of op-art to create a dynamic, multicoloured work that hypnotises the viewer. 

Karan Singh

Victoria Villasana

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Victoria Villasana creates installations, social projects, editorial and commercial works in collaboration with other artists or brands. Common to all her works is the textile element. Coloured threads become part of her artwork, creating dimension and dynamism. 
«I wanted to represent a futuristic look paradoxically with the textile element of tradition and the symbolism of 5 alchemical colours: black, blue, red, yellow, and white.»

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Victoria Villasana

Michelle Robinson

Coloured lines and overlapping geometric shapes are the hallmark of the art of Michelle Robinson, a Korean-born, Los Angeles-based artist. For this campaign, the artist wanted to celebrate films through the place where you should always see them, the movie theatre. 

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Michelle Robinson

Shawna X

The psychedelic style, abstract and colourful shapes surrounding the figurine represent the happiness and excitement we feel when the lights go out and the images on the screen start to make us dream so much that we can’t take our eyes off them. 

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Shawna X

Discover all the 2021 Oscars Nominations:

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