Kei Ito, Afterimage Requiem: Selected Prints, (2018).

Following a month-long submission process and a one-month voting period, apexart is happy to announce the winning exhibition proposals from their NYC Open Call. These four exhibitions will be presented as part of the organization’s 2020-21 Exhibition Season.

apexart Open Call exhibitions are selected through a crowd-sourced voting process, in which hundreds of anonymous proposals are rated by an international jury of more than 400 people. Connections and personality do not matter, jurors review only the written proposal idea, communicated in 500 words or less. This selection process ensures that the ideas are unique, compelling, and reflective of the hundreds of people who want to see them transformed from a proposal into an exhibition.

Four proposals were selected from 512 submissions, rated by over 400 jurors who cast over 14,000 votes. Submissions and jurors represented more than 64 countries.

The Winning NYC Open Call Proposals for 2020-21

Liz Faust (Baltimore, MD)
Elongated Shadows
Timed to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this exhibition presents works that address nuclear warfare and current tensions. Examining viewpoints of both American bombers/scientists and Japanese victims, featured works expand the conversation on the impact of nuclear bombs and reflect on issues of forgiveness, identity, and heritage.

Katarzyna Falęcka (Berlin, Germany)
Beyond Metaphor: Women and War
Histories of decolonization often cast women either as victims of colonial aggression or as heroines participating in nationalist struggles. Moving beyond this split view, this exhibition showcases lens-based works which address both the spectacular and the mundane experiences of women during the Algerian War of Independence, the seven-year war that ended French colonial rule in Algeria.

Elizabeth S. Hawley (Richmond, IN)
Native Feminisms
Drawing inspiration from the entwined histories of women’s rights movements and Native rights movements in the United States, this exhibition presents the works of contemporary American Indian artists who identify as feminist and whose practices address urgent intersectional issues regarding matrilineal traditions, indigenous futurisms, ecocriticism, land and water rights, survivance, and the fight for sovereignty.

Earl of Bushwick (Brooklyn, NY)
Queer-y-ing the Arab: The Canary in the Freedom Mine
Arab culture has always had a queer component. In the last century, this queerness has been increasingly suppressed, challenged and blamed on “Western” influence. This exhibition aims to explore, highlight, and celebrate contemporary queer artists who turn to Arab culture for inspiration, and whose works are at the forefront of democratic resistance to repression.

Read the original proposals, and find out more about how to submit to apexart’s International Open Call, held in February 2020. Consider being a juror for the next apexart Open Call. Learn more here.