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Call for Entries and Exhibition: ARTS 391 now/here nowhere no/where
February 17, 2021 - February 27, 2021
Students of ARTS 391 are proud to announce their first show.
The Nowhere Collective will exhibit the upcoming show, no(w)here, from February 17-27, 2021. The art within the exhibit intends to explore the contradiction of place that unites us during isolated times. The works of the show will exist in physical space as objects to be found by passers-by, yet will also be exhibited in digital space via the collective’s website and social media posts from viewers. In this way, the artist and the viewer are united across space, and experience art that speaks to their place–their togetherness yet apart-ness, their positionality and non-positionality–as paradoxical cohabitation, a connection of the individual to the whole. In this time where everything is experienced on-screen, where we are nowhere. Yet, in our communal experience of physical objects, we are also now here.
“One of the hardest things about the pandemic, especially with regards to collaborative art, has been those feelings of isolation. One of our goals with this project is to break down those walls by not only using our art to express the connections we can find during quarantine but also by allowing others to find pieces of the work naturalistically in their own neighborhoods and on social media. It really allows us to start breaking down these walls safely,” said Emma Holt, a student of the course.
Applications via Google Form (https://forms.gle/58fndGqn2jmEbEQY6) will be accepted on a rolling basis through the last day of the show. Appropriate submissions entered prior to 11:59 pm on February 15th, 2021 should become available to view once the show goes live, and those submitted during the rolling period will be added to the exhibition as they become available. Submissions should include 1-3 files (.jpg for photos, .mp4 for videos). Photos should be clear and of high quality; we reserve the right to not share any work that may be offensive or does not fit our standards. Video submissions should include a thumbnail, full-length version, a 15-second clip, and a 1-minute clip, and formats for social media. A short written statement is optional; any statements may be edited for clarity by the curators. The show is intended to encompass both the work and its documentation, physical space, and digital space; thus, you will either plant your work physically or submit it to us digitally, and you will email to us photographic documentation of its location, either in physical space or digital space as you interpret. No art will need to be shipped. Curators will keep track of any physical artwork to the best of their ability and encourage the sharing of findings on social media, but works should be planted knowing that they may not be retrieved.
“I’m really glad that we will be able to find art naturally around our city again,” said a resident of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. “I really missed being able to go out and see new art around my daily walk.”
If you have any questions or concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.