A Watched Pot Always Boils
Open Media Call for upcoming exhibition at Umpqua Valley Arts:
The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women’s constitutional right to vote. However, it is important to note that while this sounds ideal in theory, in practice many women of color found themselves unable to exercise their legal right to cast a ballot, depriving them of a voice in local and federal elections. As the New York Times noted in an editorial in their evaluation of the 19th Amendment's centennial, “millions of other women… remained shut out of the polls until the voting rights act was passed in 1965.”
This disparity indicates the importance of an intersectional lens in understanding American history, in order to shed light on the persistence of enforced differences in the ability to participate fully in American society, to tell one's own story, and to shape the destiny of one's community.
We would like to celebrate this anniversary by looking at the disparities of access and opportunity as given by a revisionist history that continues to inform and structure American society, marginalizing members of society based on their gender, race, sexuality, body type, class status, and other social locations. Additionally, it is also about emphasizing how marginalized groups and identities have found ways to narrate their own histories and define their agency within these social spaces.
This exhibition offers a space for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, disabled, fat, and other marginanalized folks to express the kinds of oppression and power struggles that shape their social locations, identities, and agencies. With this exhibition we seek to highlight a wide range of artists who address intersectionality while also exploring and expressing their own individual identities in their works. Areas of particular interest to the organizers/curators include, but are not limited to sexism, racism, ableism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and fatphobia.
Artists are allowed up to three submissions. Open to all media (photo, sculpture, video, audio, painting, ceramics, mixed media, printmaking, etc.)
Exhibit is juried by panel of artists and activists.
Deadline to submit: December 1, 2020
Exhibit dates: January 15 - March 26, 2021