Call for Submissions B#side War Project: Art on the Atomic Bombing
International Deadline: April 30, 2017 – Founded in 2009 with the aim of contributing to the advancement of young people’s welfare and cultural well-being through the media of arts, IoDeposito is an Italian NGO that works with the aim of supporting young people’s specific competencies related to visual arts projects, training and research in the fields of cultural management, art and curatorial practices. Nowadays, IoDeposito works on an international scale together with a network of partners from Italy and the World (Museums, Universities, Academy, Public Institutions, NGOs) and organizes exhibitions, workshops, laboratories, cultural events, conferences, researches, publications. All its projects are related to the theme of memories and legacies of the World Conflicts.
OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS: AIM OF THIS CALL
This call for artists aims at researching artistic contributions based on different features for an artistic exhibition in the contest of the artistic and cultural festival B#Side War (more info at http://www.bsidewar.org). The exhibition is taking place in July-August, 2017, in Venice (Italy), in conjunction with the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The artworks selected with this call for artists will be placed within a contemporary art exhibition, based on the topic of the reprocessing in a contemporary key of archetypal images related to the tragic event of the atomic bombings: the radioactive lightning, the mushroom cloud and the shadows of bodies and objects, projected after the impact with the nuclear explosion (nuclear shadows) – but different kinds of contribution will be also accepted.
APPLICATIONS: TIMELINE AND DEADLINES
No fees are required to participate in the selection. The selected artworks will be exhibited according to the project’s availability and modality.
In order to apply for this call, the artists should send by April 30th, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating “Call for artists – Atomic bomb” as object of the mail, the following documents (in English):
- a short presentation/bio of the artists (maximum one page), together with references to the artists’s website, if applicable, and a phone number;
- a short presentation of the candidate artwork (maximum one page);
- if the artwork is already realised, place attach to your application images and/or photographs;
- any other documents will be welcomed (e.g. videos, a portfolio, a rendering).
Artists will be informed whether their artwork has been accepted or not by the end of May 2017. The participation in the festival usually does not provide for a fee for the artists, any remuneration requirement needs to be reported in the application. The participation, instead, provides for sure the covering by the festival of the costs of artwork’s transport and exhibition, media and press.
NATURE OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS
Different kinds of contributions will be accepted, such as photographs and photo-manipulations, paintings, drawings, collages, installations. The artworks can bear reference to different artistic trends and they have to be based on the topic of the 3 archetypal images related to the tragic events of 1945 – which became archetype of fear in the collective imagination – and on their revision in a contemporary key. Therefore, the contributions have to be based on one of the following themes:
Topic 1 – The Atomic Lightning
Topic 2 – The Mushroom Cloud
Topic 3 – Nuclear Shadows