Call For Submissions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (images as jpegs and documents as PDFs):
For more information about the exhibition or submission process email Vanessa and Lindsay at email@example.com
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Image top: Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Testing, video still, 2015
Image middle: Lindsay Fisher, Snake of Knees, video collage, 2015