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The Deeply Rooted juried by Sundus Abdul Hadi





Woman Made Gallery is seeking submissions for our April – May, 2022 group exhibition juried by Sundus Abdul Hadi (artist, writer, curator). This exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery located at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 in the Pilsen neighborhood. 


This curatorial concept is taken from Sundus Abdul Hadi’s book “Take Care of Your Self: The Art and Cultures of Care and Liberation” and seeks artwork in any medium that explores the following:

"Deeply-rooted is an empowered word to describe any person or community rooted in an ancient culture steeped in traditional and Indigenous knowledge that colonization attempted to erase. It is a word that attempts to describe the multiplicity of ethnicities and experiences related to the international Indigenous, Black, Pan-African, Afro-descendent, Arab, Brown, Latinx, South American, and Asian communities.

Transcultural communities, in all our diversity, have much in common. However, to truly be in solidarity with one another, we must celebrate our differences rather than skim over them in an attempt to boost our similarities. Just as in a family, or a forest, each individual is completely different from the others, I see our interconnected communities as relatives. We are members of an international family with much to learn and teach one another, nurtured through a sophisticated system of roots. The experiences of struggle, unbelonging, colonialism, and marginalization have affected communities the world over, particularly when displaced and uprooted in so-called Western societies.

Every time I would use or read words like “marginalized”, “people of colour”, “global south”, “BIPOC” or “colonized”, I found them limiting in describing the multitude of experiences of a rich diversity of people they claim to represent. These words are often white-centering and are unimaginative. I coined the term deeply-rooted in place of words that identify us as inferior, marginal, or secondary to whiteness. I use this word to describe the multiplicity of ethnicities who are connected not just through struggle, but through deeply rooted ancient identities, familiar spirits, and shared experiences of resistance to white supremacy and colonialism.

This exhibit seeks to center the experiences of the deeply-rooted, through a decolonial lens. By reflecting on both ancestry and futurity, we will collectively offer new narratives, definitions and representations of what it means to be both ancient and novel in a world on the cusp of change." - Sundus Abdul Hadi

The juror is interested in questions around the following : 

Tell us a story about deep roots.

How does it feel to be deeply-rooted?

As deeply-rooted people, how can we see ourselves into the future?

How can we honor our roots and ancestry in our acknowledgement of our plural identities?

How can we define ourselves outside of the limits of the colonial construct while using the English language?

How can we imagine ourselves differently from the way we have been represented by those outside of our communities?

How can we create new narratives to alleviate the burden of constant correction that is placed on the shoulders of many deeply rooted artists?

What does transcultural solidarity mean for you?

Imagine a world where colonialism never happened.

Show us decolonization in practice.



Sundus Abdul Hadi is an artist and writer. Born to Iraqi parents, she was raised and educated in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, where she earned a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History and a MA in Media Studies. Sundus’ transmedia work is a sensitive reflection on trauma, struggle, and care. She is the author/illustrator of “Shams”, a children’s book about trauma, transformation and healing. Her book titled “Take Care of Your Self: The Art and Cultures of Care and Liberation” (Common Notions, Fall 2020) is about care, curation and community. She is the cofounder of We Are The Medium, an artist collective and culture point.

Abdul Hadi’s work has been exhibited in Palestine, Canada, USA, France, UK and New Zealand. She has been a speaker at Nuqat Kuwait, SADA Iraq, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Telfair Museums, the Aga Khan Museum and multiple universities in Turtle Island.

FIRST DEADLINE: January 30, 2022
EXTENDED DEADLINE (submission fee increase to $35):*  February 6, 2022
NOTIFICATIONS: Sunday, February 20, 2022
EXHIBITION DATES: April 7 – May 14, 2022



Fee waivers

WMG offers fee waivers to those that request the need and upon approved application. WMG offers 25 fee waivers in total. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, 15 of the 25 are exclusively reserved for ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+. Factors that result in an approved application include financial instability or low income status, student or recent graduate status, identification as ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+, or a demonstrated need otherwise. WMG accepts Fee Waiver Request forms on a rolling basis until all fee waivers have been distributed. A note declaring all fee waivers have been distributed will be added to the Submission form at that time. (That is, if you are reading this, the form is active, and there are still fee waivers available!) The team at WMG will approve and send a Submittal fee waived link within 4 days of application receipt.  To request a fee waiver -- complete this form.


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Fee Detail: 
$30 with fee waivers available
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MADC's Collective Thread Residency Open Call






MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) is elated to host its third annual free Collective Thread Residency on June 5, 6, 12, & 13 9AM-12PM at Groove With Me, 186 E 123rd St #2, New York, NY 10035. The Collective Thread Residency is an extension of MADC's annual Collective Thread Dance Festival. This free residency is an incubator for women/womxn identifying dancers & choreographers of color ages 18+ to hone their technical skills and creative practices to develop new work through journaling, round table discussions, and movement based classes as a form of self-care. Six to eight artists will be chosen to participate to comply with social distancing mandates while wearing face masks and to build more authentic relationships with the artists.

Prize summary: 
two weekends of free classes and round table discussion + opportunity to share work
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Call for Submissions: BIPOC Curatorial Fellow @Evanston Art Center





 Program Overview:

The Evanston Art Center (EAC), an artistic hub on the North Shore for over ninety years, believes that some

communities are all too rarely represented in the curatorial world. To address this situation, the EAC is building a

recurrent, project-based position for a curator who will work with the EAC to develop an exhibition of their

choosing. The EAC is specifically seeking a Black, Indigenous or Person of Color (BIPOC) curator with ties to

communities of color in Evanston and the Chicago Metro-area to create an exhibition, along with related materials.

The curator will choose the subject, theme and content of the exhibition with the EAC acting as a facilitator. It is the

EAC’s intent that such an exhibit will both build new ties to historically underrepresented groups as well as

introduce Evanston and the greater Chicago area to new curatorial and artistic perspectives.

 Evaluation Criteria:

Selection criteria follow, in order of priority. The number beside each criterion represents its weight in the

Exhibition Committee’s evaluation process, with 5 being the most important.

• The Curator Identifies as BIPOC (5)

• The Curator has a Strong Connection to Evanston and Network Within BIPOC Communities in Evanston


• The Project Plans to Connect the EAC to Underserved Communities in Evanston and the Chicago metro

area and Specifically BIPOC Communities (5)

• The Project is Articulated Coherently and Clearly (5)

• The Project Presents New Perspectives (5)

• The Curator has, Interesting and Recent Experience Presenting Contemporary Art (5)

• Personal Interview (5)

• Communication Skills (5)

• Resume and references (2)


Prize summary: 
Prizes Details: 

 Curatorial Fee: $2,500 payable in full to the curator over 4 installments after quarterly updates to the Exhibition


• 1st Installment: July 15, 2021

• 2nd Installment: October 15, 2021

• 3rd Installment: January 15, 2022

• 4th Installment: April 15, 2022

 Exhibition Expenses: not more than $2,500 payable as reimbursements to the curator for documented expenses.


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Many new artists that are beginning to exhibit their works may be asked to give an artist talk at an opening they’re not quite prepared for. Well-seasoned makers that have made recent changes in the direction of their practice may like to solidify their new ideas into words. An up-and-coming curator may be looking to discuss their practice and what got them interested in such a behind-the-scenes position in the art world. And many professors who are practicing artists may have wanted to discuss their unique challenges in being able to balance two demanding careers. 
If you feel as though you connect with any of the above, then boy oh boy do we have an opportunity for you! Nefarious Contemporary’s ArtSpeaks series offers all creative minds an opportunity to share their existence within the art world through a virtual artist talk opportunity. We will be using zoom to conduct these talks and all that would like to join will be required to email us ahead of time for the link. We can't wait to hear from you, stay nefarious. 

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