Issue 2: Terrorism - Photosynthesis Magazine Call for Collage Artists

Deadline: 31/07/2023  |  City: San Francisco  |  Country: United States  |  Robyn Mallery

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Collage is on the rise as an art form and it is being explored in new and intriguing ways every day. As a new and independent magazine, we are here to highlight talented and thought-provoking artists that are not afraid to push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable. We are specifically keeping our eyes out for artists that cross lines that have been set by aristocratic elites and works that force us to ask again questions that we thought we had answered long ago. What is art? Who gets to decide what art is? Who is allowed to make it?

An important part of collage work is how it tells stories in a torn and fractured way that no other art form can quite touch. It can be an artist's way of sorting thoughts and memories, a way of combining them, and a way of connecting them to new ideas and philosophies. We look for art that is beautiful, painful, emotion-filled, gory, devastating, aesthetic, clever, and political. Above all, it is crucial that the message behind the work is significant and purposeful.

In the United States, the month of September is a month of rememberance for the terrorist attacks that happened on 9/11, 2001. This act of terrorism has become synonymous with the word in the US, sometimes even making other acts of terrorism seem "less than" to citizens. This is absolutely due to the severity of what happened on 9/11. Regardless, Photosynthesis Magazine wanted to use issue #2 to provoke viewers to question their own perceptions of Terrorism including domestic terrorism - not to be confused with domestic abuse. Some examples of domestic terrorism can be found here

Basic Requirements: 

Artist must fill out all information as requested including name, email, website and/or Instagram, at least one image, and a description of at least 4 sentences describing how the artwork relates to the prompt.

Artwork for Photosynthesis Magazine is a collage only publication, with some mixed media being accepted on a case-by-case basis.  

Due to the nature of this opportunity, there are additional requirements as follows:

Artwork may NOT in any way suggest explicitly or implicitly that a certain ethnic group, race, or people are more likely to be terrorists. It may NOT in any way imply that a group of people deserved the terroristic attack(s). The work submitted CAN be a comment on religious practices/cults when appropriate.

Photosynthesis reserves the right to decline any work that doesn't meet these requirements.

Fun Part:

It is free to submit and participate in Photosynthesis Magazine. Accepted works will be featured in the magazine, on our Instagram, and on our website perpetually. The Artist may ask us to remove their artwork from the website and Instagram if they wish, however we cannot feasibly remove work from the magazine once it has been published.

Artists will also receive a digital copy of the magazine to share with friends, on their website, or however else they wish. Printed copies will be made available for purchase. The magazine collects only a minimal financial compensation when a magazine sells. Part of these funds will go to our staff to continue this project and part will go toward our upcoming grant, The Old Collage Try. Artists will not receive payment for their works upon acceptance or when the magazine sells. This is a free promotional effort for the artist and a service we are providing you, but we cannot afford at this stage of our project to offer any payment. 

We do accept donations for the grant here

If any questions arise, please send us a message through Curatorspace or reach out on our website / Instagram.
Please note, for this issue and issues after this you may not hear back about acceptance until after the submissions have closed.



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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
When is the deadline?
The end of July.
How many works can I submit?
Up to 5 artworks will be accepted.
How much does it cost?
This is a free opportunity, however you are welcome to donate to the grant and magazine upkeep on our website if you feel moved to do so.
Are there payments to artists?
Not at this time. We hope to have a small amount put together for grants starting in 2024.
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
Publication, Instagram posts, and a perpetual place on our website.

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