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Open Call - Body Sovereignty Collective Exhibition

body sovereignty collective aotearoa

Job details

Body Sovereignty Collective Aotearoa
31 May 2019
Work type
Call for entries
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts


The body sovereignty collective – an Aotearoa-based group of performers, visual artists, writers, musicians and photographers is calling for proposals for a forthcoming 2019 exhibition in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. The working title for the exhibition is Body Sovereignty: Flesh, Fiction and Resistance

The exhibition will focus on the subject of resistance relative to body sovereignty. Here, Body is a tangible being as well as a conceptual idea and intangible force, or virtual and physical states of being individual, collective, singular and/or multiple. Sovereignty might be a speculative aspiration, a fleeting sensation, or a driving fight. Where these two terms meet is a territory rich and fraught with issues including ownership, self-rule and self-determination, sociability, power and governance, hierarchical structures, inclusivity, tolerance, prejudice, identity and trauma. This exhibition wonders about body sovereignty as something aspirational, something that shapes various modes of resistance to the many ways that body and bodies are regulated and oppressed in the everyday world. In this way, body sovereignty is recognised for what it is not as well as what it might be. 

The collective welcomes proposals on this theme for all kinds of new or previously exhibited creative works not limited to paintings, drawings, photographs, performances, sculpture, videos, films, dance, body movement, poetry and lectures. Collaborative as well as solo works are encouraged.

The collective is currently in the application process for use of the newly established Te Auaha Gallery in Dixon Street, Wellington for the dates 5 August to 22 August 2019. If the exhibition is not accepted for this space, the collective intends to find an alternative space in central Wellington to exhibit later in 2019. 

This exhibition will rely on artists to deliver, install, de-install, transport and care for their own works and if possible, assist other artists to do the same. While the collective has access to some equipment, securing equipment and exhibition architecture will be the responsibility of the artist. 

Artists will not be paid, although the collective is seeking funding for the exhibition and intends to redirect any surplus to artists once venue hire fees are paid. 

The body sovereignty collective has set up a selection panel and curatorial team to review all the proposals. It is their aim to confirm receipt of each proposal, review and decide on each one as a group with reference to the theme, the venue space, exhibition time period and how each creative work relates to the others. Notices will be sent out in June. The curatorial team will consist of the following collective members:

Julieanna Preston
Charlotte Shade
Sara Cowdell

How to apply

A proposal should include:


Title of work and date of creation:

Medium/ format:

Size/ duration:

Description of the work and how it addresses the theme (250 words max):

Documentation of work if it already exists, sent as low res jpg images, pdfs, sound files or url links.

Where else has this work been featured?

What specific requirements would this work need to be exhibited or included in the exhibition programme? (equipment, internet, tall space, plinth, amount of wall space, etc)

Proposal deadline: Friday 31 May 2019 at 5:00 pm (NZ time). Send proposals and any questions via email to bodysovereigntycollective@gmail.com 

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Body Sovereignty Collective Aotearoa

6 May 2019