Afro futurism is loosely defined asan emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that melds elements of science fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, and fantasy in order to explore and critique social injustices/ dilemmas that impact people of color. In addition to this critique and exploration Afro futurism works to re-examine, confront, and revise historical events of the past. Octavia Butler, born on June 22, 1947, was a prominent science fiction writer and seminal artist within the Afro Futurist movement. She was the recipient of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula award. She was also the first science fiction author to win the MacArthur Foundation Genius grant This exhibition explores how the history of this movement is integral to the critique of African Diasporic experience and how current Afro futurist works successfully challenge the history, present day, and future of Black experiences. The Stoop Gallery is asking artists to submit work influenced by the Afro futurist movement as well as works inspired by the works of Octavia Butler. The Stoop Gallery is excited to review work, which engages with the dialogue of this movement.
Deadlines for submissions: JUNE 4, 2012
Notifications of acceptance: JUNE 13, 2012
Deadline for receiving accepted works/ Drop off: JUNE 18, 2012
Exhibition date: June 23, 2012 2pm – 6:30 pm
Image Submission: • digital files in jpeg format at 72 dpi and 800 pixels • Up to 5 images per submission • Video work should be under 10 minutes, Quicktime movie, Vimeo and Youtube are accepted for video submission • Include an image list title, dimensions, media, and year.
ALSO INCLUDE: • Bio: 100-words or less • Artist statement: 250-words or less Artist Statement explaining how your work relates to The Stoop Gallery theme.
Please send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stoop Gallery is a space where artists display works in public spaces throughout the borough of Brooklyn. Some neighborhoods include, Fort Greene, East New York, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Brighton Beach. The Gallery will push the boundaries of fine art in a public art space and encourage community engagement with fine art in a neighborhood setting. The art shows will take place on stoops in Brooklyn where homeowners will volunteer their stoops and host the shows. The Stoop Gallery exhibitions will take place on Saturdays and/ or Sundays, once per month during the Summer and Fall and each show will feature three visual artists. There will also be opportunities to feature one installation artist, who will be able to transform an entire stoop with their installation piece.