Parisa Aminolahi, Tehran Diary, At a wedding, Northern Iran, 2017
Sumac Space / Open Call 2024
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Sumac Space – Art Practices of the Middle East

Sumac Space – Art Practices of the Middle East in collaboration with hinterland invites artists, curators, and research bodies who address contemporary urgencies in the context of the challenging socio-political circumstances of the region to submit their work and projects for exhibition in Berlin or/and in Vienna.

Sumac Space believes in the work of art in reimagining and shaping our pasts, presents, and futures, asserting that they must have a public place for their research and diverse forms of expression. As we progressively build a community of artists, curators, researchers, and writers gravitating around the region, we welcome diverse voices to actively participate in forming Sumac Space. We propose collaboration and the fostering of a sense of shared and collective ownership, not as mere themes or theoretical concepts, but as unconditional ways of working.

In this spirit, the first chapter of Confluencing, a series of 5-day exhibitions, will begin in July and continue throughout the year 2024. The exhibitions will be held at a space in Neukölln, Berlin and/or hinterland, Vienna. An international jury will select the finalists, and the Sumac team will curate the exhibition.

This series of exhibitions will serve as an extension of Sumac’s digital platform. In spatial terms, the space will host one of the core pillars that shape and define the entirety of Sumac Space, Artists’ Rooms as well. It’s a space for the multitudes present in artistic practice and yet may not be visible in the artworks: music, images, poems, formative of our thinking, subjects that inspire and let us learn, objects that are with and within us. Additionally, all conversations generated during the exhibition-making process will be published on Sumac Dialogue.

Artpil periodically publishes submitted announcements of outside opportunities we do not administer. We recommend researching further prior to submitting, especially if entry fees are required.
  • Maria Sturm: You Don’t Look Native to Me

    In 2011, Maria Sturm began to photograph the lives of young people from the Lumbee Tribe around Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina. Through the process of documenting their lives, Sturm began to question her own understanding of what it means to be Native American. Her new book You Don’t Look Native to Me combines photographs with interviews and texts to preconceptions and show Native identity not as fixed, but evolving and redefining itself with each generation. (more…)

  • Paolo Novelli. The Day After Night
    Jun 14 – Jul 21, 2024
    Turin, Italy

    Paolo Novelli‘s (Brescia, 1976) exhibition entitled Il giorno dopo la notte (“The Day After Night”) brings together in the same space two cycles of his work made between 2011 and 2018, which are central to the evolution of his language. Both are made in analog in strict black and white, with the printing process being of paramount importance. The only subjects of the two series are windows covered by closed or bricked-up shutters on the facades of buildings without particularly attractive architectural features. (more…)

  • Emily Ferguson: It Girl.
    Jun 1 – Jul 13, 2024
    Nicodim Gallery
    Los Angeles, USA

    What’s an It Girl? An image of an seraphic figure, glowing almost too bright to be looked at until the flashbulbs recharge and the cameras become visible. Glamoured, the viewer is still seeing spots and rubbing their eyes as the figure stalks out of view, no-one quite sure if she’s real or not, an apparition disappeared. An apparition, by its very nature is uncertain, the intention defined by the person who sees it – The angel becomes a monster if enough people describe it so. (more…)

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