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Living Beyond Borders: Call for Works of Art

Posted Oct 01 2006 12:00am


Living Beyond Borders:
Experiences of Immigration and HIV/AIDS, a Call for Works of Art

To shed light on the continuing harm inflicted by bans against people living with HIV and AIDS from immigrating or entering countries legally (such as in the United States), the Queer Immigrant Rights Project (QuIR) will highlight such barriers with a special art exhibit during World AIDS Day. We call on painters, writers, performers, filmmakers and other artists to submit works of art that address the issue of how immigration and HIV/AIDS effects people around the world. What does it mean to be both an immigrant and HIV-positive? How does class, sexuality, gender, race and age relate to immigration and HIV/AIDS? How do immigrants respond to HIV/AIDS? How do people living with HIV/AIDS view immigrants? How do immigrant families react when one member comes out as HIV-positive? These are just some of the many questions that address the theme of immigration and HIV/AIDS.

What kinds of artwork are we looking for?

We are open-minded in what we define works of art. Works submitted can be 2-D works (painting, illustration, design, collage, photography, printmaking, Xerox, textile, video, etc.) or 3-D works (sculpture, etc.). We also would invite writers and performance artists to submit written pieces that they either would perform live or enlarge into a poster to be mounted and displayed. If we missed anything, we encourage you to submit your proposal and promise to take an objective look!

How to submit works of art?
There is no entry fee for submitting work for consideration? Due to our limited budget, we unfortunately can neither offer stipends for your artwork nor provide mailing costs. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope with proper postage if you wish for us to return your work; we are not responsible for returning works submitted without a self addressed stamped envelope. While we will take utmost care of your artwork, due to our limited resources we cannot be responsible for artworks during the exhibition period and cannot offer compensation if the work is damaged or stolen. Local artists in New York City can arrange to pick up your artwork at the close of the exhibition. Finally, please be sure to clearly detail how you would like your artwork to be displayed; we will make our best efforts to follow your prescription with the resources we have available.

Please send to:

QuIR World AIDS Day Art Event
416 E. 11th St., #6A
New York, NY 10009-4559

When do I need to submit by? Submissions must be received by
Wednesday, 1 November 2006 to be considered.

How will I know my artwork will be displayed?
We will send you via email a confirmation by Friday 17 November 2006.

What is the Queer Immigrant Rights Project?

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