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UNFIXED: postcolonial perspectives, photography and contemporary art

  • Deadline:
    June 30, 2010, midnight
  • Location:

A multiplatform project
October - December 2010
Center for Contemporary Arts (CBK) Dordrecht, the Netherlands
Organized by Sara Blokland and Asmara Pelupessy (Stichting UnFixed Projects)

UNFIXED is a project that explores the relation between photography, postcolonial perspectives and contemporary art. It includes an exhibition, symposium, workshop, artist commission-residency, and a resulting publication. The title refers to the unfixed nature of photography. It explores the elusive "truth" of photography and its relationship to ideas of ethnicity, culture and identity in contemporary art.

Participating artists: Charif Benhelima (BE), Otobong Nkanga (FR), Keith Piper (UK), Naro Snackey (NL), Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie (USA) and Hank Willis Thomas (USA). Keynote speaker and essayist: Kobena Mercer (UK).

We invite scholars, artists, writers and professionals to submit proposals for visual and/or textual presentations or papers on topics relating to UNFIXED. We will consider all proposals for symposium presentations and/or publication contributions. Focus point: Unfixing photography’s fixed representations of cultural heritage, ethnicity and identity. Next to ‘traditional’ essays we welcome proposals for visual essays, which can include vernacular or found photography, and/or photo-works made by applicants, etc. We encourage proposals for essays or presentations with innovative formats (performance-based presentations, multimedia projects etc.).

A detailed Call for Proposals can be found at www.unfixedprojects.org. The deadline for proposals is 30 June 2010.