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The Absurd

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While the word is currently used to refer to a kind of dry, ironic situation, The Absurd has a rich philosophical tradition most closely associated with the writings of Albert Camus. What are we to do with the question of life’s meaning, especially in the face of its persistent unanswerability? Camus says that “one must imagine Sisyphus happy,” but this is no simple task. In modern times, it seems we can find countless echoes of the loop Sisyphus is stuck in, from the eternal scroll of social media to the endless stream of new variants and vaccines; how do you access the repetitions of our lives where meaning escapes our grasp, and The Absurd is all that remains?

Deadline: 
03/31/2022
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The Art of Street Photography

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Street photography is the most contentious genre of photography. The captured image presents us with a glimpse of the ordinary and achievements of everyday life. The narrative nevertheless seems to repeat itself, year after year. We challenge you to examine and redefine conventional street photography. Potential subjects include but are not limited to architecture, candid, documentary, fashion, photojournalism, portraiture, still life, and urbanism. How far are you willing to go to get your best shot?

Deadline: 
02/11/2022

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$25
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The Uncanny

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When the familiar becomes unfamiliar, we call it uncanny. That is to say, when something almost satisfies our brain’s search for human likeness, but falls short by a small margin, we experience a characteristic sense of unease at the sight of it. This is our understanding of what it is about realistic androids and almost-perfect-but-not-quite CGI that makes our skin crawl, and it stems from Freudian theory surrounding the German word “unheimlich.” Freud tells us that the unheimlich, or unhomely, is our experience when confronted with something that is like home to us, but is made wrong somehow. How do you incorporate the unheimlich, or uncanny, into your artwork? Does your work illicit a visceral reaction from the viewer, or traverse the boundary between perfect and imperfect human likeness? We want to see your most uncomfortably human and impalpably imperfect images.

Deadline: 
12/01/2021

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$20
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Call For Entries: Abandoned: Time and Place

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Abandoned: Time and Place is an open call for photography that explores the theme of vacant, uninhabitable, or otherwise abandoned spaces. By capturing images of these spaces, we are able to see the ephemeral nature of each environment and preserve them, often moments before these spaces are forgotten, condemned, demolished, or otherwise lost to time. What do these vacant structures say about us as we leave them to decay during a spike in our world's unhoused population? What is the meaning of shelter, and what-or whom-are we abandoning during these unprecedented times?

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Open to international photographers age 18 years or older.

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This exhibition is open to photographers only. All traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission.

Deadline: 
08/01/2021

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$25
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Pharmacopeia

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Pharmacopeia: noun. What does this term bring to your mind's eye? Do you find yourself assembling an archive of substances, reflecting on memories of addiction, recovery, or relapse? Is your mind a panopticon of disorder, a chaotic realm of fear and loathing from which you yearn to breakthrough? Have you experienced ego death, or reached the summit of the fifth plateau? Have prescription medications granted you the time to get to know your spirit, body, and psyche better, to experience a semblance of neurotypicality? Do you employ recreational compounds in your practice, and if so, what is your molecule of choice? Depict your perception of a pharmacopeia as you envision, either under, between, or over the influence. 

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Open to international artists age 18 years or older.

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Photography, Digital Art, Graphics and Printmaking, Mixed Media, Watercolor Painting, Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Pastels, Drawing. 3D artwork.

Image Submissions:

Up to (3) digital images may be uploaded and submitted per artist submission

Minimum upload size of 200 DPI with 1800 pixels on the longest side

JPG or PNG format accepted

Please name your images in the following format: lastname_firstname_title.jpg

Terms of Entry:

Sales: Artwork must be listed for sale. The Chateau Gallery collects a 40% commission on sold artwork.

Copyright: Accepted artists grant The Chateau Gallery permission to use your work on our gallery's website, social media accounts, and related promotional materials. Artists retain all copyright to their intellectual property.

Exhibition: Pharmacopeia is a physical exhibition, held under the public health mandates and governing laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Entry Fee: There is a $10 entry fee used to support the exhibition, promotional materials, and scheduled programming.

Deadline: 
06/15/2021

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$10
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