Open Call | ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Finland

anti-festDeadline: 22 January

In September 2017 the 16th edition of ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival will partner with a number of local partners to produce a programme of projects that respond to the theme of water. We invite proposals from artists working in any medium.

However please be aware that ANTI is a site-specific festival – we do not show projects in traditional cultural spaces and houses thus your proposed project will need to have an integral relationship with the place in which it is presented. When proposing a project please make it clear where your project would, ideally, be located, and why; only proposals that clearly articulate these factors will be considered for inclusion in the 2017 programme.

Kuopio, located in Northern Savonia, is surrounded by ‘lake country’ and stands on the shore of Lake Kallavesi. The region, and indeed Finland, with its abundance of lakes enjoys a much celebrated and much embodied relationship to natural sources of water. In response to this, and to other, perhaps more complicated contexts, we invite proposals that engage with one or more of the following areas:

  • Water and travel, exploration and leisure
  • Water and migration, immigration and displacement
  • Water and the non-human
  • Water and trade, industry and market forces
  • Irrigation and signs of life
  • Water and the human body
  • Everyday water; the city, the home; grey-water
  • Seas, lakes and rivers; water and landscape
  • Water and catastrophe

We also invite proposals of talks, presentations or papers on preexisting projects that connect with the above themes – these may be included in the festival’s seminar or other moments of sharing and discussion. Use the ‘Project description and artist statement’ section of the online form to enter details of your submission, clearly stating the mode of presentation: artist’s talk, academic paper, performance lecture etc.

All proposals must be sent using this electronic form:

The form allows a link to be made to online documentation of previous work and for applicants to attach a CV and a maximum of three supporting images. Proposals that do not strictly conform to these guidelines will not be considered.

Further information contact / Festival Manager Elisa Itkonen

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