20-28.6.2020

ANNOUNCEMENT: OPEN CALL DEADLINE EXTENSION

The Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival is pleased to announce a deadline extension for artist submissions for TQAF 2020: what is fear? until Friday 20 March 2020.

In light of the global spread of COVID-19, social distancing and self-isolation are fast becoming a reality. In such turbulent times, social media and digital platforms are becoming the most important space there is, and fear is becoming ever-more widespread. Global economies are struggling to respond to the crisis; racism and xenophobia are spreading; panic buying is leading to shortages of essential items; and our emotional confidence is under attack.

Galleries and cultural institutions are closing their doors to the public internationally. By-appointment-only culture is going to be the new normal in the next few months, and as a result, cyberspace will continue to provide new opportunities for connection and art sharing.

For these reasons, we would like to offer additional time to artists and makers to respond to what fear is to them. If you have any questions or need additional support, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

With love,

TQAF Team

TQAF 2020 | VIRTUAL

“τι είναι φόβος; what is fear?”

Through a series of online interventions, TQAF 2020 aims to offer the opportunity for underrepresented LBGTQIA artists, writers and activists from across the Balkans and other selected regions to reveal their practice to a spectating audience from 20-28 June, 2020. This year, TQAF will be showcasing selected works, performances and workshops digitally.

We welcome proposals across disciplines, such as, visual artworks, poetry and writing, workshops, performances, video and film presentations, community interventions and talks or lectures that investigate the question: what is fear? These will be presented through a curated series of social media, blog and website posts and live streamings, according to the needs of each selected project.

While climate emergencies are posing greater threats to survival; economic and political responses have been slow. International trade is expanding markets whilst capitalism continues to thrive. Balancing our finite resources with the ongoing pressure we impose on ourselves is one of the main challenges we face as a global community and through our individual queerness. What is fear? invites cultural practitioners to investigate what fear is to them on a personal and communal level. 

Queerness itself seems to be an outcome of and an exercise in alternate temporalities, creative life plans, and eccentric financial strategies that stand against the structures that led us to today’s increasing conservationism and environmental crises. Being queer encapsulates the potential of a liberatory relationship with time, space and society. We aspire that the lack of topospecificity in this year’s edition of TQAF will not only help us share the work of queer artists with a wider audience, but will subsequently open new pathways for connecting and collaborating with LGBTQIA organisations across the Balkans and internationally. We are therefore inviting artists, performers, writers and academics to design proposals that can be displayed, shared and distributed online.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Deadline for submission: 20 March, 2020.

  • Name, contact details and artist statement (150 words maximum).
  • Submission of up to 3 works (please send WeTransfer link in submission email for completed works).
  • Supporting statements for each artwork or project proposal outlining the media you are working in (100 words maximum, including any guidelines that you would like us to adhere to in terms of the work’s online presentation).
  • All materials should be provided in Greek or English.
  • Link to your website, Instagram or other social media accounts (optional).
  • We welcome applications regardless of ethnicity, race, age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

* Please note that this this year’s festival will primarily take place online and will be shared on digital platforms.

Please email your submission to the following address: submissions.tqaf@gmail.com  

The organising committee will review the submitted proposals, select the projects that will be presented and notify selected artists by email. Entries that do not meet the specifications will not be considered.

ABOUT

Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival (TQAF) is a grassroots initiative that sets out to alter deeply entrenched misconceptions and prejudices toward the queer and LGBTQIA community through artistic and cultural practices. 

TQAF’S VISION

The festival was founded by Tomas Diafas in 2018, together with a dedicated team of volunteers, who endeavour to provide queer artists with a platform to investigate sociocultural phenomena relating to queer identities and experiences. TQAF has been formed through collaborations in which our team has collectively curated the festival programme.

The festival is driven by the belief that art has the power to open new avenues of communication as well as serve as a bridge between a diverse array of individuals and social groups. TQAF aims to foster dialogues and develop alternative methods for addressing social discrimination.

Through a series of online interventions, TQAF 2020 aims to offer the opportunity for underrepresented LBGTQIA artists, writers and activists from across the Balkans and other selected regions to reveal their practice to a spectating audience from 20-28 June, 2020. This year, TQAF will be showcasing selected works, performances and workshops digitally.

THESSALONIKI

Thessaloniki is strategically located between the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East, regions where LGBTQIA communities are often marginalised. As we develop strategies for addressing prejudice and resistance to queer inclusiveness in Greece, TQAF will serve as a political and inspirational link to neighbouring societies. As a breeding ground for queer discourse and artistic creation, we hope that the festival’s impact will extend beyond the borders of Greece.​

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