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Artist Call: NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond (New York, 16 July Deadline)

[MoCADA artist call logo.] [MoCADA artist call logo.]

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11217
| p. 718.230.0492 | f. 718.230.0246

Important Dates:

July 16, 2012: Submission deadline

August 1, 2012: Artists announced via e-mail and web

Exhibition Dates: October, 2012 – January, 2013

Exhibition Theme

Be it in New York, Paris, or Bamako, the world is experiencing a paradigm shift that began in Africa. Worldwide, members of the financial and racial majority are no longer satisfied with matriculating into a web of systems designed to benefit only the most privileged individuals and nations. Sparked by the 2011 toppling of Egypt’s thirty-year dictator, calls for revolution echo through mass media and populate social networking newsfeeds. As governments crumble and attempt to regain power, African citizens take to social media outlets, text messages, and blogs, adding fuel to the growing global uprising. On the Continent, young people demand LGBTQ equality, workers’ rights, and Democratic elections.

While such issues are grossly ignored in European and US mainstream media coverage, a ghost contingency of global onlookers offer anonymous support, facilitated by the digital distance of cyberspace. From October 2012 to January 2013, MoCADA’s Curatorial Series, NEWSFEED: Anonymity and Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond, reveals a collection of visual art that investigates global interconnectivity and how anonymous parties define, construct, and support uprisings in Africa via social media.

Submission Information

Artists will be chosen to exhibit their work in a group exhibition at MoCADA and/or additional satellite locations throughout New York City. Submissions will only be accepted electronically and must include five images labeled with title, size, media, year it was created, and name of artist for each piece. Video trailers up to two minutes in length may be submitted and must be labeled with title, name of artist, year it was created, date, and length. Submissions must also include an artist statement, current resume, and a three to five sentence explanation of how the work connects to the exhibition’s focus and MoCADA’s mission for each piece. Submissions are open to artists who work in all media—drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. Installation artists, photographers, video artists, and artists working with new media are strongly encouraged to submit.

All materials must be submitted via the guidelines for Artist Submissions found here. Artists will be selected by a jury who will promptly review the work as it is received and notify the selected artists on the 1st of August.

Artist Submission Requirements

1. Artist Submission Form: Electronic Form
2. Resume or CV: Exhibitions, education, and employment history. No more than three pages. Resume/CV should be labeled: lastname_firstname_resume.pdf/doc/docx
3. Artist Statement: Brief and concise, ideas about work and approach to process No more than one page. Statement should be labeled: lastname_firstname_statement.pdf/doc/docx
4. Images: Five images of your work. All images must be jpegs in a zipped file of no more than 10MB. All images should be clearly labeled: lastname_firstname_imagenumber.jpeg Zip file should be named: lastname_firstname_images.zip
5. Image Inventory List:
List of images by number that includes artist name, name of work, medium, dimensions, and date. Inventory list should be labeled: lastname_firstname_inventorylist.pdf/doc/docx
6. Email
Resume/CV, Statement, Images and Image Inventory List to submit@mocada.org

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