7th Annual KULTURA Festival: Visual Art Exhibit Call Out - EXTENDED DEADLINE!

This is a call out for proposal submissions for individual artists or collectives to submit NEW work to be part of the KAPISANAN's 7th KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival slated to open Friday August 17, 2012.

Proposals must include work that will be part of the KAPISANAN gallery in Kensington Market AND/OR  part of KAPISANAN's website virtual gallery.

The curatorial theme for KULTURA 2012 exhibit will be Pamahiin/Ritual. This exhibit will explore the imprint of Filipino superstition and rituals around them. These ‘superstitions’ or beliefs [often familial or regional in origin] still live in our everyday experiences as Filipino-Canadians.  Beyond literal images of the duende (dwarf or mischievous elf), or a pamahiin* when travelling at night, the new works selected in this exhibit will look to decipher these cultural signifiers, and the adaptations of meaning that re-surface generation after generation.

*n. superstition, often told like a proverb i.e. kapag namamasyal kasama ang iyong mga kaibigan, lalu na sa gabi, dapat ay lagi kayong magkasama bilang isang grupo na pantay ang bilang.  Kung hindi pantay ang inyong bilang, ang isa sa inyo ay kukunin ng mga espritu upang gawing pantay ang bilang.  (When walking with friends, especially at night, always travel as a group of even number.  If it is an odd number, one of you will be taken away by the spirits to make the number even.)  http://bit.ly/wd2s6L

This theme is completely open to interpretation.

We are open to all mediums including but not limited to paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, print work, short film/video, performance (on video), though we would like to encourage interactivity that would engage viewers in innovative and unique ways.

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday June 15, 2012 *** DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SATURDAY JUNE 23, 2012 - 5pm***

Selected Artists will by notified no later than: June 30, 2012

Once approved, all work to be exhibited must be dropped off and ready to install or upload on-line no later than August 11, 2012 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Please Send Us: Name, contact information (phone number & e-mail) Proposal (down load here) 3 images of previous work with description: medium (can be any including video, etc), size, brief artist statement for each piece. Incomplete submissions will NOT be considered.

E-mail submission to: caroline@kapisanancentre.com

KAPISANAN is the curator of the website and the gallery and will select work that best delivers on the theme of the project. KAPISANAN reserves the right to refuse any artwork which does not represent or participate in the culture of KAPISANAN and any artwork that may be deemed offensive or inappropriate. Selection will be based quality and concept of work, as well as cohesion of the different works and space available.

Fees: Selected Artists will be paid an exhibition fee pending a grant award. Fees will be determined by how many Artists are selected.

KAPISANAN Commission: If the Artist permits sale of the art work, any sale will be handled by KAPISANAN and a 30% commission will be retained by KAPISANAN on all sales during the exhibition period, and thereafter, if made through KAPISANAN.

Show dates: August 17-31 2012

Location: www.kapisanancentre.com - and - 167 Augusta Ave. Toronto, ON M5T2L4

About KULTURA KULTURA Festival is KAPISANAN's signature annual summer Filipino arts festival since 2005. The festival features a live music showcase,  a visual arts exhibit in the KAPISANAN gallery, film screenings, now co-presented by Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, and a theatre showcase presented in partnership with Carlos Bulosan Theatre.