Following a month-long submission process and a one-month voting period, apexart is pleased to announce the winning exhibition proposals from their New York City Open Call. These five exhibitions will be presented as part of the organization’s 2022–23 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 500 people. Without politics or nepotism, jurors review the written proposal idea, communicated in 500 words or less. This 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.

Five proposals were selected from 446 submissions, rated by over 600 jurors who cast over 23,000 votes, with submissions and jurors representing more than 73 countries.

KANTEN 観展: The Limits of History
Eimi Tagore-Erwin (United States)
Examining the ways that art can construct and dismantle national histories, through works that visualize contested perspectives of Japan’s expansionism during the Asia-Pacific War.

Kafala: Slavery in the Arabian Peninsula
Clark Stoeckley (Kuwait)
Surveying art and activism that renounce the exploitation of migrant labor in the Arabian Peninsula, made possible through the infamous Kafala sponsorship system.

Defiant Visions
Marie Meyerding (Germany)
Expanding public perception of anti-apartheid imagery by showcasing how women photographers exercised resistance to oppression through the lenses of their cameras.

Flora Fantastic: Eco-Critical Contemporary Botanical Art
Corina Apostol, Tashima Thomas (United Kingdom)
Investigating the role of indigenous and imported plants within colonialism, through botanical economics as they relate to medicine, science, migration, and nationalism.

“My Pen Won’t Break, But Borders Will”
Julia Hartmann (Austria)
Telling exceptional stories of individual refugees, migrants, immigrants, and asylum seekers in an effort to underscore the importance of exercising solidarity beyond closed borders.

Read the original proposals and find out how to submit to apexart’s International Open Call, held in February 2022, or consider being a juror for the next apexart Open Call: Learn more here.