Call for Artists: 2013 Graduate Symposium Exhibition

Eyes on Protest: Contestation and Visuality

February 13th to March 9th, 2013
Koerner Library Gallery
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

In conjunction with the 2013 UBC Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVAT) 36th Annual Graduate Symposium, the curators of the accompanying exhibition invite local, national and international artists to propose work for inclusion.

In keeping with the theme of the symposium, “Eyes on Protest: Contestation and Visuality”, we seek work that particularly addresses modes of dissent and ways of reclaiming agency in the face of current power structures. Owing to Vancouver’s geographic uniqueness as both a port and terminal city, and UBC’s location on non-ceded Musqueam land, we are particularly interested in work that engages the histories and contemporary realities of our immediate surroundings.

Interdisciplinary work and work engaging public spaces is particularly encouraged. Possible themes include:

●    work that addresses the visual language of media, the way in which the image and its circulation acts as a form of resistance or protest (ie. posters, texts, drawings, photographs, video documentation)
●    work that creates a dialogue between contestation and examples of resistance, using visuality to elicit a politically affective/effective response
●    work that speaks to a post-colonial context, dealing with cultural/civil rights and their relation to urban spaces, cartography, architecture and gentrification

All pertinent information must be submitted via email to by January 25th, 2013with the subject line “Artist Submission.” Artists are asked to indicate if their works have specific spatial requirements. Please include the following information (in French or English):


1. Artist’s name, e-mail address, telephone number, and mailing address. For artist collectives or collaborative projects please include the aforementioned information for each participant.
2. An artist statement no longer than 400 words containing the title of the work and a description of the work. If the work has been previously exhibited, please include the date and location of all showings.
3. A detailed list of the resources necessary to carry out the work: such as materials and tools; electronic, audiovisual and lighting equipment; and expected installation time.
4. Design and/or floor plan, including specifications regarding physical layout and installation, as required.
5. A maximum of 12 JPEG-format images, or 5 minutes of DVD-quality audiovisual material in MPEG or AVI formats, or 5 minutes of sound material in MP3 format.
6. A brief curriculum vitae (2 pages max.). Should work be submitted by an artist collective, please include a brief history of the collective and a CV of each of its members.

*PLEASE NOTE: Although we welcome submissions from outside of Vancouver we are unable to provide travel funding or assist with the shipping of artworks. There will be a small honorarium for each participating artist, dependent upon the scope of the exhibit and exhibition funding.