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Woman Made Gallery: Water Becomes Blood; Juried by Aliya Parashar and Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal

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Woman Made Gallery is seeking submissions for our May-June 2021 group exhibition juried by Aliya Parashar and Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal. This exhibition will be held at the gallery and online. Submissions will request the submitter to select participation in (a) the hybrid presentation (at the gallery and online) or (b) the virtual exhibition only. 

EXHIBITION DESCRIPTION
Water Becomes Blood is an exhibition that centers on chosen families in LGBTQIA+ communities. When safety is not always promised in blood relations, chosen families can create a space that centers around the security of their individuals. These families host love, joy, and acceptance at their core via unquestioned support. This allows members to explore and self-actualize in the form of true liberation. They also provide room for members to question themselves and the greater community during the process of their journey. Woman Made Gallery is looking for work that represents and appreciates these invaluable connections.

 

  • Woman Made Gallery is particularly, though not exclusively, interested in investigating the following conceptual questions for "Water becomes blood":
  • What does chosen family mean to you?
  • What are some of the best memories of joy and love that you have with your chosen family?
  • What struggles/hardships have you experienced/overcome together?
  • If you live with your chosen family, how have your daily interactions shaped your routine?
  • What role do you play in your chosen family?
  • Does your chosen family have a rich generational history? How does that history impact/inspire you to continue to grow your family?

Woman Made Gallery seeks artwork in all mediums. The juror is especially, though not exclusively, interested in artworks from the following mediums:

  • Video work/installation
  • Digital renderings
  • Digital art
  • New Media work
  • Sound
  • Drawing/Illustration
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile Work
  • Fiber Work
  • Fiber / textile / fabric / weaving based installations
  • Creative Writing
  • Performance art*

*The ability to perform in the gallery space may be limited due to CDC and City of Chicago COVID-19 guidelines. In the event that a physical performance may not be possible, video documentation of the performance will be exhibited.

ABOUT THE JURORS
Aliya Parashar (she/her) - Aliya Parashar is an interdisciplinary artist who works in mediums of fibers + materials and installation art in order to communicate the intersection of gender identity, post-colonial theory, and mythology. She strives to strike a balance between celebrating femininity and honoring bodies while creating a vision of resistance through garments and fiber production. Her work has been featured in SHUBA, Paper, Post, Crux, and Posture Magazine with her most recent show taking place at ACREprojects in 2019. Aliya holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after transferring from Otis College of Art and Design. She is now pursuing her MA/MFA dual degree at the California College of Arts in San Francisco.

Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal - Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'Neal is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, and independent curator. Zakkiyyah's work is most often initiated by personal and social histories related to family legacy, queerness, community making, and interiority. Zakkiyyah's practice borrows from visual traditions such as social portraiture, video assemblage, and vernacular found family sourced materials. Currently, Zakkiyah's body of work prioritizes social relationships related to queerness, Black women’s identity formation, family, social architectures, and the desire for connectedness. Zakkiyyah is a Co-founder of Concerned Black Image Makers, a collective-driven project that prioritizes shared experiences and concerns by lens-based artists of the Black diaspora; and most recently has been featured in exhibitions at South Bend Museum of Art, Goldfinch Gallery, Blanc Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery, ADDS DONNA, and Zhou B. Art Center.

IMPORTANT DATES
EXHIBITION DATES: May 27 - June 27
SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: April 18 at 11:59 PM
NOTIFICATIONS: May 2
DEADLINE FOR WORKS RECEIVED BY WMG: May 21

SUBMISSION FEE
The submission fee for Water Becomes Blood is $30. Only one submission may be entered per artist. Each submission requires one artwork, though up to three artworks may be considered per submission. Paid submission does not guarantee an exhibition opportunity. No refunds offered.
Members at the Enhanced Artist Level and above receive one free entry annually. Please email general@womanmade.org to receive your one-time code for free entry redemption.
On a needs basis, WMG offers a limited number of fee waivers upon approved application. Applications are available within each call for entry. The team at WMG will review applications on a rolling basis and send fee waivers within 48 hours of application.

ELIGIBILITY
Woman Made Gallery is a space for Women, Womyn, and Womxn identifying artists from our local community, regionally based, and around the world. We welcome art from all womxn, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary artists. *Woman Made gallery recognizes that the LGBTQIA+ community is hosted by a multitude of identities and is extending applications to all encompassing individuals.
No work may exceed 6’ horizontally or be over 75 pounds in weight unless delivered and picked up by the artist. WMG will refuse receipt of art that is heavier than 75 pounds.

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04/18/2021

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Unearthing the Archive

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Curator - Aidan Cowling (CANADA)

In a short amount of time, the Internet and digital technologies have dramatically  changed the way we live our lives, and we are beginning to register and quantify how  our daily contact with the digital world has altered the archive. How is technology being  mobilized today to preserve and present archive and history? This residency invites 

participants to experience ANIMA Casa Rural through the lens of the archive, and  consider how can the historical archive be used to find a way forward and makes sense  of today. 

Throughout the residency we will visit The National Archives of Mexico, Archivo de  Instrumentos Públicos, Archivo del Arzobispado de Guadalajara, Archivo General de  Notarías del Estado de Jalisco, and various archives in the surrounding area. Studio  visits with archivists and local artists, will give participants the opportunity to explore  these archives and further their own research. This residency will develop terms for  working in the archive, and explore examples from contemporary practices that we can  deployed when engaging with archival materials. Workshops on the farm will consider  different ways of digitizing the archive, as well as explore experimental ways that the  archive can be used in your artistic practice like digital editing, green screen,  performance and installation. Participants are encouraged to apply to this residency with  a particular theme or focus they wish to research in the archives.

Deadline: 
10/18/2021

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Application fee $25 USD Total residency Cost: $740 (USD)
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THE QUEER ARCHIVE FESTIVAL 2021

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Introduced to the Athenian cultural scene in 2020 by the creative platform The Queer Archive with the support of Onassis Stegi, “The Queer Archive Festival” is looking forward to a strong comeback in May 2021 to celebrate the rich and vibrant queer culture of the city of Athens and beyond.

The second edition of “The Queer Archive Festival” will take place in a variety of traditional and alternative spaces within the centre of the city. In recent years, the Greek capital has grown into a genuine queer arts kernel. This burgeoning queer art scene does not only challenge dominant narratives, but also revels in the margins and the growing popularity of the fringes.

We invite submissions from contemporary artists, creators, scholars and curators working with moving image, performance, installations and any creative medium. Particularly, we seek radical, engaging, provocative, playful and visceral artworks dealing with gender identity in most different ways. The submissions can be of already produced works or original proposals specifically for “The Queer Archive Festival” and have to be created by, for, about, or of interest to queer audiences. We do not suggest a specific theme for our festival editions, so that all applicants feel free to communicate their ideas, no holds barred. Each artist tells a personal story and we wish to provide a free platform for all.

We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 virus guidelines and its impact on the festival circuit. The Queer Archive is bound to comply with any new protective measures against Covid-19 transmission.

Deadline: 
12/20/2020

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Queer Body Horror

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Deriving from the idea of Judith Butler's unfulfilled promise of writing about “the place of sharp machines” and “the technology of the knife in debates about intersexuality and transsexuality alike,” the publication "Queer Body Horror" aims to "force an encounter with the real of the biological body and the difference it introduces into the world, the real of the sexed body, that exceeds the being of the phenomenological lived body and the discursive body, while somehow still being intertwined with these other two bodies...". To "force encounters with real and nonhuman objects and actors that cannot be reduced to correlates of human thought, language, perception, or use but that have to be approached in their own autonomous being to properly be thought": a horrifying thought, so to say. The publication argues and explores the validity of the hypothesis that there is neither Object-oriented Ontology nor Speculative Realism without Queer Theory. As such, the idea of 'Queer Body Horror' that Throne Room would love to see you explore doesn't necessarily describe the state of a body, but rather deals with the conditions it faces. It reflects on the method according to which queer space is being created in normative systems, what performative practices a queer body can and needs to adhere to in order to function therein, or to dream up a utopian or nightmarish scenario about queer bodies and "sharp machines".

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The framework includes a physical book publication with IBAN and a digital issue.

Deadline: 
11/15/2020

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CRUISING DYSTOPIA OPEN CALL

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Nouvel Organon is pleased to invite emerging and established artists, art collectives, group of artists, architects, writers, performers, philosophers, social workers and everyone otherwise involved in contemporary art to submit a project for an opportunity to participate in the exhibition 'Cruising Dystopia' which will take place October 16-19 in Berlin, Germany.

Gay cruising areas, based on utopian ideas of freedom and a sense of finally being oneself, can otherwise turn into dystopian spaces, where one comes face-to-face with the limits and borders of that same society. The act of cruising is defined by a longing for intimacy, precisely in the lack thereof from that other “world” that is so violently exclusionary.

Is the word combination cruising dystopia therefore an oxymoron, or not? With 'Cruising Dystopia' Nouvel Organon invites you to submit work related to the subject from its different viewpoints without limitation to its shape or form.

Artists are invited to submit up to 5 pieces of work, with an artist statement of max. 250 words and a 1-page CV. Projects are selected based on relevance to the theme, quality and artistic integrity. Participation in the exhibition is through a selection process done by Nouvel Organon and a partner jury.

As a non-profit organisation, there is little to no budget for production of new work, but there is for installment of existing work(s). Expenses of shipping work to and from Berlin are for the artists themselves. If work sells, the artist gets the 100 percent—Nouvel Organon takes no commission costs. We also take no entrance fees to at least make participation more democratic.

Deadline: 28 September 2020 on 12am GMT+1

Exhibition: October 16-19
Berlin, Germany

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09/28/2020

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Queer In Exile: Open Call For Submissions

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Exploring what Queer means when we are alone or without conventional social congregation. An online exhibition, and digital book, intended to record how artists and designers have responded to the concept of Queer as performance/presentation (or not) during  times when regular associations are withdrawn.

Submissions welcome from all artists and designers whose work responds to the theme and/or has been created during the current social restrictions. Work should be either 2D (digital files) or 2D (digital files) representations of 3D/performance/film/staged works. Text based work/accompanying text should not exceed 250 words.

Deadline: 
06/05/2020

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