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Call for Art RE: Gender Policing & the Criminalization of Queerness

Type: Exhibition Opportunities [View all]
Posted by: Amos Eno Gallery
Deadline: Sat, May 4th, 2019

Entry form here:

Guest Juror Lorenzo Triburgo

This call for artists will culminate in an exhibition that addresses “gender policing” in both the tacit, subtle ways that impact everyday life and through systemic institutional punishment. Triburgo is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist, activist, and educator whose practice encompasses performance, photography, video and audio. The exhibition will be held at Amos Eno Gallery, a nonprofit art gallery in Brooklyn dedicated to promoting contemporary work by emerging and mid-career artists.

The exhibition will take place July 11-27, 2019 at Amos Eno Gallery at 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn. Show title is TBD.

Important dates:

Submissions due: May 4 at 11PM

Notifications sent: May 17

All works received at the gallery by 6PM on June 25

Reception: Friday, July 12, 7-9PM

Last day of show: Saturday, July 27

All works picked up: Sunday, July 28, 11AM-6PM 

Juror statement:

This exhibition seeks to address the ways we experience and resist gender policing - from the seemingly innocuous (such as distinct “men’s” and “women’s” departments in clothing stores or the objectification of queers in ‘well-meaning’ media outlets) to the overtly punishing (systemic violence and imprisonment).

In the U.S. today, gender variant youth are given longer sentences than their counterparts and are required to demonstrate “gender appropriate” (such as walking “like a man”) in order to be released. Queer adults in the prison system also face longer sentencing, are more likely to be sentenced to death, and suffer violence at higher rates than other prisoners.

It is important to recognize that the social policing of gender is a critical part of what fosters the literal criminalization of queerness.

In a socio-political climate where the president of the United States actively seeks to deny the existence of transgender individuals, gains in civil rights legislation are being rolled-back, and the prison industrial complex continues to grow like a weed, it is an imperative that artists play the role of radical historians and create space for imagined futures.

As such — How do we confront and resist the criminalization of queerness and gender-nonconformity in our personal lives, dominant narratives within the media, and within our social, political and economic structures?

This exhibit will present a wide range of creative approaches to its themes in an attempt to reflect the equally wide-ranging experiences of gender nonconformity.

Terms: Open to All Media. Sculpture stands and multimedia equipment must be provided by the artist. Artists must be available to deliver and retrieve their work on the appointed days. If shipping is necessary, all shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist. Shipped work must include a pre-paid return shipping label or will not be exhibited.

Deadline: May 4 at 11PM 

Entry fee: $15-$25 sliding scale* (up to four artworks)

*Free entry for anyone currently or formerly incarcerated


Artwork must be under 24" in any dimension including frame. Work must explore an aspect of "Policing Gender." Amos Eno Gallery reserves the right to reject work that does not fit these criteria.

Posted on Fri, April 12th, 2019
Expires on Sat, May 4th, 2019

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