Diasporic Futurism

Entries accepted through 7 April, $10 submission fee

Curated by Leah King and Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera


Root Division invites artists responding to themes of futurist aesthetics to apply for its upcoming exhibition entitled Diasporic Futurism curated by Leah King and Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera. The exhibition will be presented in July 2020 at Root Division.


Dreaming of expansive freedoms is a fundamental part of envisioning new realities for oppressed peoples. This exhibition was formed from the desire to look to our many diasporic pasts to imagine futures free of sociopolitical struggle. This open call looks for artworks that embrace beauty, erotica, belonging, sex, and joy, while fully recognizing what has been endured in order to achieve liberation.


Diasporic Futurism will feature artists from throughout the Bay Area who are interrogating the definition of futurism as it relates to the movement of diasporic peoples. Applying artists should explore futurism as it relates to their personal history within and beyond forced diasporas and may include science fiction/fantasy, visual design, 2-D and 3-D artwork, comics, immersive sound, textile, or video.


Confirmed Artists include: Hal King, Tanna Tucker, Madame Bessie Snow, Leah King, Cristina Victor, Sofia Cordova, and Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera


Artists working in all mediums are welcome to apply.

Deadline for Submission: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Exhibition Dates: Jul 9, 2020 to Aug 8, 2020


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 1. Application Form 2. Email to submissions@rootdivision.org containing all of the below: - Artist Statement - CV - 4 Images: Artists may submit up to four jpeg images of completed works. Video links can be hyperlinked in the submission form. If you are proposing a new work, please send images of completed projects with your proposal. 3. $10 Submission Fee


TO SUBMIT: Please email application attachments to submissions@rootdivision.org


SELECTED ARTISTS: Artists will be notified about inclusion in April of 2020.


QUESTIONS: Call 415.863.7668 or email Renée Rhodes, Art Programs Manager at renee@rootdivision.org with any questions.


More information can be found here.


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