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Vol.7 - Finding Water in the West

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Southwest Contemporary — Vol. 7 — Finding Water in the West

Southwest Contemporary invites artists throughout the Southwest to submit work to be included in Southwest Contemporary’s Spring-Summer 2023 issue, which will explore the theme “Finding Water in the West.”

Guest juror: Lucy R. Lippard, a writer/activist/sometime curator and author of 25 books on contemporary art activism, feminism, place, photography, archaeology, and land use.

Published: March 2023.

Deadline: November 18, 2022, 11:59 pm MT.

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About Vol. 7: Finding Water in the West.

Water is elemental. It connects us through time: through seasonal flows and from ancient wellsprings. Indigenous knowledge holds it as sacred, as life—as alive. Water is part of cleansing rituals and sacraments, baptisms, and blessings. It is foundational, sustaining, essential to life. For artists, water—its fluid nature, its signification, and symbolism—can be subject, medium, and form.

Yet water is a source of conflict and contention. The West is in a constant water crisis. As drought becomes megadrought, the use of water resources in this region reveals systems of mismanagement, misuse, and exploitation. Rivers draw borders, while the water within is allocated according to arbitrary and sometimes unjust systems. As water disappears and divides, artists track the effects of water scarcity and call for its preservation and protection.

This issue of Southwest Contemporary follows the flow of water—from monsoon storms, snow packs high in the mountains and aquifers deep underground, through irrigation channels and acequias, playa lakes and salt basins, in vessels and reservoirs, and flowing through mighty rivers that are dammed and diverted until they trickle out to the ocean as torpid streams.

We invite all artists (18+) in the Southwest whose work, in any medium, considers/responds to/engages with water to apply. In your work, water can be present as a subject of exploration, documentation, theme, or a part of your process or medium.

Selected Artists

Ten artists will be selected, and each artist will receive a profile article written by an SWC contributor accompanied by multiple images in print, a feature on SWC’s newsletter and social media channels, and a complimentary print copy of the issue.

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Ten artists will be selected, and each artist will receive a profile article written by an SWC contributor accompanied by multiple images in print, a feature on SWC’s newsletter and social media channels, and a complimentary print copy of the issue.

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18/November/2022

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Southwest Contemporary — Vol. 6 — Rooted: Poetics of Place

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Southwest Contemporary invites artists throughout the Southwest to submit work to be included in Southwest Contemporary’s Fall-Winter 2022 issue, which will explore the theme “Rooted: Poetics of Place.”

Guest juror: Louise Martorano, executive director of RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver.

Published: September 2022.

Submission Fee: $15.

Deadline: June 6, 2022, 11:59 pm MT.

About Vol. 6: Rooted: Poetics of Place.

The Southwest occupies both mythic space and lived experience. Our sense of this place resides somewhere in between, created in the intersections of identity, perspective, and land. This issue of Southwest Contemporary takes a sustained look at place: evoking, elucidating, and complicating this region.

In many ways, the Southwest has been codified, commercialized, and consumed as a distinct place. Replicated, simulated, and imitated, the Southwest as an idea has become a simulacrum of itself. But the resistance to that mythology reveals the real—the meat of the place.

Lucy Lippard wrote that place is “the geographical component of the psychological need to belong somewhere, one antidote to a prevailing alienation.” From the high plains to the deep desert, borderlands, and cities, through mountains, canyons, and arroyos, this land roots deep in the psyche.

Emerging from the isolation, political fracture, and digital placelessness of the pandemic, now is the time to rediscover the hyperlocal—the people and places that are right around us. How does one belong in place? How does place inscribe itself in one’s consciousness? How are identities, histories, and geographies bound to place? Artists are encouraged to think broadly about these ideas.

Eligibility

Artists and collectives residing and working in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mexico, Texas, and Utah.

We invite all artists (18+) in the Southwest to apply whose work in any medium responds to/engages with/is rooted in concepts of place.

Deadline: 
06/June/2022

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