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Afro-German Artists & African Diaspora: Art against Racism in Germany | Public Art on Billboards Open Call | €500 cash prizes

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+++ The deadline has been extended to 31st of May 2021 midnight. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for further updates! +++

Calling Afro-German artists, designers, photographers and illustrators and those who live in the former German colonies Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania and African Diaspora in Germany.

This open call is about creatively exposing the blind spots in the collective consciousness of the white majority in Germany towards its colonial history and the racism against black people that is rooted in that era.

Most Germans are still not aware that the German colonial history, albeit much shorter than that of other colonial powers, was every bit as brutal - including murder, rape, forced labor, profiteering and genocide. They are not aware of the bloody trace the German Empire under Kaiser Wilhelm II has left in Africa, and how its deeply racist colonial administration has laid the foundation of every-day racism in Germany today.

How it works

The Blind Spots in the Street poster competition works like an advertising campaign: it consists of a series of posters on billboards in public spaces that are intended to arouse curiosity but do not directly reveal the topic. Each billboard is tagged with a QR code. When scanned, the QR codes lead to our website, where information on the idea behind each poster is provided.

The task
1. to develop a teaser ("eye-catcher") image that arouses curiosity in the viewer without revealing what exactly the image is about. The objective is to get a wider audience to learn about the issues of colonial history and racism. Optionally, write a headline to go with it.
2.Write a text (150-400 words) that provides background information about the image.

What to aim for
The images must be striking and impactful in public. Most importantly, they must arouse curiosity! Only those viewers who really want to know what's behind the image will scan the QR code.
Examples for the interaction of images and texts can be found on our blog.

The rules
1. Participants are at least 18 years old and have had their own experience with racism in Germany or are originially from or live in the former German colonies of Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi.
2. Colors should be primarily red, black, white, and shades of gray so that the images are recognizable as part of the campaign
3. An area of 83x86 mm vertical must be left blank for the QR code.

More details on our website!

Prize summary: 
your art on billboards + exhibition + €500 in cash prizes
Prizes Details: 
  • An international jury will select 4 winners whose work will be posted on billboards in Kassel, Germany.
  • First prize is a €200 cash prize, and three additional winners will recieve a €100 merit award.
  • All 4 winning entries will also be shown at an exhibition in Kassel this summer and receive a social media shoutout.
Deadline: 
05/31/2021

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Believe Her: Digital Poster Show

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Poster design has been used by women throughout history to advocate for equality and share messages. If you identify as a woman and have faced harrasment or discrimination, or have felt silenced because of your gender share your story. Design a poster about a time you felt silenced, posters can be any medium and any size. Posters will be reviewed and featured in an digital poster exhibition designed to help women's voices be heard.

Background

In 2017 during the peak of the Me Too movement I designed a poster as a way to work through my discomfort as the overwhelming number of stories about harassment broke on the news and social media, everywhere I turned it seemed that there were more stories coming to light. As someone who has been a victim of harassment this time made me reflect upon my experiences as well as think about how many women’s stories go untold, behind the thin veil of what has been deemed socially acceptable to talk about were hundreds of women who had stayed silent. For me designing that poster was cathartic and helped me to work through some of the discomfort I was going through. It made me consider the many voices who weren’t believed when they told their stories, and the ones too afraid of the consequences to share theirs. What if poster design could help these voices be heard and believed? I am hoping to collect posters and curate an augmented reality poster show to help women share their stories, and hopefully this process will be as beneficial for them as it was for me in 2017.

Deadline: 
03/30/2020

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