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Albanian Institute New York is pleased to announce the Open Call for submissions and artists’ proposals for ambitious year-long program, that will be launched in three phases, starting with a series of online exhibitions, a new art book and a variety of print projects, culminating in a decentralized group exhibition, screenings, and live events on various spaces across New York City. 

An ongoing initiative to document and exhibit defining artworks, organized in thematic sections, the show is in constant flux, with artists, works, and experiences varying over the course of the program. The submissions can be very diverse, we welcome and want to give voice to artists in all disciplines, particularly encouraged are those working in visual arts, drawing, photography, designs, film and video, performance, written word, sound, or completely new formats, regardless of location, nationality, or past experiences, all are invited to submit a proposal online. But human interaction is at the heart of the programme. We want people to feel energized, outraged, or inspired by the content of the works. We want them to create discussion.

The Opportunity

The initial phase will be launching with a series of online exhibitions presented at our digital partners global platforms, Artsy and Google Arts & Culture. Artists and artworks will be reviewed by a jury and added on a rolling basis as entries come in. Next phase, a new art book titled after the project, featuring selected works from the exhibit, artist interviews, curator notes and literary arts (writings, poetry, storytelling) will be published and archived. The final phase, projected to culminate in a decentralized group exhibition, screenings, and live events on various spaces across New York City’s network of partner institutions, galleries, and public venues between 2020 and 2022.

Structured as a long-term collaborative process, where selected participants will join a strong international network of alumni of artists, curators, and advisors who will continue to support, mentor, collaborate, and be considered for further development and engagements.

This approach has been developed as a practical response to the consequences of COVID-19, ensuring that Albanian Institute upholds its commitment in a way that is sensitive to ongoing public health concerns,  and a chance to reaffirm one of the Institute’s deepest commitment to support artists and their work and to engage in a cultural dialogue about what contemporary art is and why it matters.

The Briefs

Although intentionally broad in scope, the programme explores key themes. In this inaugural call, the institute focuses on the following themes:

Chaos to Utopia — featuring artists addressing topics of hope and belonging, works that put forth a deliberate sense of forward-looking optimism, so that by imagining a better world is possible, we are empowered to create it.

Home — Home connotes different ideas for different people. For the wealthy few, home is a haven; for many others, it is a site of conflict and pain. For some, it simply does not exist. Never neutral, home is often full of contradictions: homeland – safety/danger, permanence/instability, homebound – togetherness/isolation, intimacy/hostility. 

Change — If art is about life, then life is not a fixed thing. Always in flux, always changing.

Emotional States — Emotions are universal, with shared meanings that transcend borders. Submissions are encouraged to examine the full spectrum of emotional experience, from anger to surprise, sadness to disgust, and to propose works that really seek to engage audiences.

The artists are prompted to respond to the broad themes, interpreted through your own different perspectives and personal narratives. The submissions should align with the briefs and vision of the program, but it has been a conscious choice to provide very little in the way of limitations or concrete direction at this stage.  Submissions can be in any format and any stage of thought, from a finished work to a simple sketch or a fully developed concept.

How to Apply

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

The program runs from September 7, 2020 through December 28, 2022.

This opportunity is open globally. There are no submission fees.

For further information and how to apply, please click here or the submission form below.

For questions, please contact: [email protected] — with “Open Call” in subject.

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