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The images in our heads

“Nothing happens in the “real” world unless it first happens in the images of our heads.”  - Gloria Anzaldúa

The Images in Our Heads brings together artists with disabilities and Deaf artists who use memory, dreams, desire and elements of fantasy in ways that challenge cultural imaginings of “difference” and provoke inquiry into alternate realities and experiences.

The word fantasy is defined as “the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable.” Fantasy and reality seem entangled when we tell, and are told to believe, stories about our bodies, our minds, our histories, our ancestors, our gods, our identities, our purposes or roles in society. The making of fantasy enables us to explore the alternative, making identity fluid and devoid of fixed labels. It allows us to explore and re-imagine the images in our consciousness and translate them into reality helping to change the ways in which we define and embody “difference”. Fantasy is a space where we can invoke both our refusal and our longing for the “real”.

Adding to the empowering history of artists all over the world, voicing and illustrating diverse representations of difference, the “activity of imagining” the impossible through fantasy further advocates for the inclusion of diverse experience by envisioning that which has yet to happen. Curated by Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Lindsay Fisher, The Images in Our Heads invite artists to submit work that engages fantasy to explore representations and visions of the “real” as it relates to how we understand and experience difference.

We are seeking proposals from visual and media artists who are Deaf or have disabilities; funding for this project is being sought through a Deaf and Disability Project grant through the Ontario Arts Council. We will consider applications from artists who do not identify with or claim the term Deaf or Disabled but whose work relates to the exhibition themes.

The exhibition will open on September 3, 2016 at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario

Deadline: February 1, 2016


To apply, please submit the following items 1 through 5 by email as a zipped folder to (images as jpegs and documents as PDFs):

  1. 5-10 images (both single image views or installation views, if applicable) representing a recent body of work or a specific project. We will accept all disciplines including 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, time-based, audio-visual, etc. Image files should be no more than 1024 pixels wide.


    1-3 videos - as web link or .mov or .mpg files

  2. An image list indicating artist name, title, dimensions in inches, medium, and year, as a PDF or text document.
  3. A 150-250 word statement describing your specific work or art practice in general as a PDF or text document.
  4. For work in progress or new work: A physical description of, including the number of works, the space required, equipment needed or provided and any installation requirements as a PDF
  5. A 150-200 biography introducing yourself and your practice and full contact information.
  6. Description of any access need (ALS Interpretation, additional installation assistance etc)

Please note:

  • All Artists will be notified by March 2016
  • Artists are paid in accordance with the CARFAC Fee Schedule.

For more information about the exhibition or submission process email Vanessa and Lindsay at


The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3

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Image top: Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Testing, video still, 2015
Image middle: Lindsay Fisher, Snake of Knees, video collage, 2015