Submissions are invited from artists whose works embody individual acts of memorialization and remembrance in some way. The works can be about collective, familial or individual memories. The actual art objects could range from small mementos and intimate keepsakes to provisional memorials for collective memories of historical traumas. As a whole, the works will constitute a temporary lieux-de-memoire or site of memory in Pierre Nora's words, in the space of the gallery. Please include a statement with your submissions framing your works in the context of cultural memory.
Transdiaspora Project is an on-going series of art exhibits that bring together artists from diverse locations and heritages around overarching themes. Founded by artist and curator, Pritika Chowdhry, The Transdiaspora paradigm seeks to make transverse and horizontal connections between artists of minoritarian communities as well as majoritarian populations. Digital archives of previous Transdiaspora exhibits are available on the website, www.transdiaspora.org
Venue: Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 4 - Oct. 10, 2009
Entry fee: $24 for images of up to 3 artworks.
Entry Deadline: June 17, 2009
Notifications: July 8, 2009
Juror: Pritika Chowdhry explores cultural forms of memory and representations of historical trauma in her current work. Working in clay and fibers, Pritika creates sculptural installations that function as mobile memorials. Pritika has founded the Partition Memorial Project which exists as temporary art exhibits as well as a digital archive,www.partitionmemorialproject.org. Pritika is the recipient of a Vilas International Travel Fellowship, an Edith and Sinaiko Frank Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts, a Wisconsin Arts Board grant, a City of Madison project grant, and a Dane County Commission grant. Pritika's works are in the "Erasing Borders 2009" traveling exhibit organized by the Indo- American Arts Council, and will be shown at the Queens Museum, New York, the Aicon Gallery, Manhattan, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, the Dowd Fine Arts Gallery in SUNY-Cortland, and the Gallery at Penn College, Pennsylvania. In addition, Pritika is showing her works in solo and group exhibits at the DoVA Temporary at the University of Chicago, the Brodsky Center in Rutgers University, Woman Made Gallery, ARC Gallery, both in Chicago, and the Class of 1925 Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin.