Open call for projects: There Is No Back to Normal
Artwall Gallery is proud to announce a call for projects for an exhibition that will be displayed from August to September 2020. The chosen project will be exhibited in the Artwall Gallery situated in the public space along the of Kapitána Jaroše and Edvarda Beneše embankment in Prague.
The open call entitled There Is No Back to Normal! focuses on the pressing issue of the climate crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought about fundamental changes in the organization of our society. We often hear calls requiring a swift return to ‘normal’. However, the way of life that our society considers normal is deeply destructive to our planet and inevitably leads to a global collapse. Addressing the challenges of the pandemic should not distract us from tackling the climate crisis – the greatest challenge facing humanity today. Although the level of pollution has slightly decreased during the pandemic, fossil fuel extraction and other activities with extremely negative impact on the environment continue. As civic protests have moved online, we can see governments and the fossil industry lobbyists trying to avoid commitments to the environment at the expense of the inhabitants of the planet.
The crisis caused by the pandemic has given us an opportunity to slow down and rethink the relationship between humans and the environment, in which we live. If humanity wants to avoid a climate catastrophe, we cannot return to ‘normal’ – that is, to the excessive growth and exploitation of natural resources. The crisis can help us to understand that there was nothing rational or necessary in the previous normality. The opportunity must be used to present new economic and social models based on respect for nature. Returning to a dirty future would be a missed chance.
The call for projects announced by the Artwall Gallery solicits works of art addressing these issues. The winning project will receive an award of 8,000 CZK and will be exhibited at the Artwall Gallery from August to September 2020. The jury reserves the right to choose more proposals or none.
Please send the proposals together with a brief description of your concept to the address: info @ artwallgallery.cz in the jpg or pdf format, until June 15, 2020.
The committee choosing the final project will consist of curators Zuzana Štefková and Lenka Kukurová (Artwall Gallery), art theorist Anna Remešová (Artalk), artist and activist Marika Volfová (NGO We are the limits), curator Denisa Václavová (gallery ProLuka) and the artist Petra Skořepová (Artbiom.cz).
Technical parameters of the project
The proposals should consist of five images providing sufficient information on the nature of the project. The exhibition will have a form of large-format prints ranging in size from 330 x 210 cm to 400 x 210 cm (the exact dimensions of individual frames will be specified on request).
The printing and installation of the exhibition will be realized by the Artwall Gallery team.
photo (detail): Petr Zewlakk Vrabec