45th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition: Call for Artworks



FLESH: Embodying Praxis
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA)
45th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition

Deadline for Submissions: January 20, 2022
Exhibition Dates: March 4-April 1, 2022
Symposium Dates: March 3 (via Zoom)-March 4 (in-person), 2022

What is a body? What is flesh? What is human? Despite our incessant connection via screen during the past two years of pandemic isolation, we yearn to regain the intimacy of embodiment. Bodily presence has been eroded by the paradigm shift towards global digitalization, and it feels more imperative now than ever to return to the flesh. Is our shared ontological flesh destined to remain alienated, or will it be reclaimed and reconstituted?

Flesh concerns the physical and immanent reality of bodies; it is central to the dialogues of our lived experience/encounters with the world. The materiality of the flesh is embedded in the body’s affective functions, enabling its faculty for inscription and performance. This exhibition is critically invested in the ways in which artists work with various notions and materials of flesh. In other words, how do the bodies of artists serve as interlocutors between theory and such inscribed and performed praxis?

Applicants should submit images and a description of the work along with a 50-100 word statement to grad.symposium@ubc.ca. All mediums and formats will be considered, with a maximum of 3 submissions per person. Artists selected for the exhibition will receive an honorarium.