Call For Submissions for PICTURING PURITY
Call for submissions
Eligibility: Photographers, new media artists, video artists
Location: Artists from anywhere in the United States are invited to apply
Deadline: 11:59 pm, Friday August 10, 2018.
Picturing Purity is a photography/new media exhibition to be installed at Revolve Project Space
in Asheville, North Carolina, as part of a four-day art and science event, photo+sphere. This
event features nationally known speakers, panelists, exhibitions, films, and performances, and is
intended to bring attention to how we see our environment and the role humans play in
determining the future of our planet.
The goal of Picturing Purity is to engage in a nuanced conversation about environmentalism.
From “virgin forests” to “untouched landscapes,” the language of environmentalism is rooted in
the sort of outdated thinking that commodifies women’s virginity and places men in a position to
either protect it (as a father/ conservator) or seek it (as a partner/nature lover).
Can we move away from this narrow lexicon and grant ourselves new ways to imagine our
relationship with the natural world? How might we start to articulate a relationship with the
natural world that is one of complexity, co-dependency, and messiness?
The curator seeks images that call attention to purity myths in our culture or demonstrate new
ways of visualizing our relationship to our planet.
All artwork must be framed or ready to display. Revolve Project Space will cover shipping costs,
and artists will receive 70% of all gallery sales. Each artist will receive a weekend pass to
photo+sphere (November 7-11, 2018). Picturing Purity will be on view November 2–30, 2018.
An exhibition reception will take place on Friday, November 9.
To apply, send five jpg images (no larger than 72dpi) as separate attachments, or three video
samples (no longer than 3 minutes each). All videos must be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo and
sent as a link (video files sent as attachments will not be viewed), along with a 250–500 word
(no longer) statement about how the work relates to the exhibition theme, to
The $10 application fee is due at the same time as your
application and must be completed in order for the application to be considered. All applications
must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, August 10, 2018.