The 6th edition of POPPOSITIONS is looking for proposals that will steer and reinvent the political imagination, that will re-envision what it means to be grounded, accountable, active, and part of a community with shared hopes and aspirations.
POPPOSITIONS is launching a call for proposals by galleries, project spaces and artist initiatives that engage with the turbulent times we live in. To be clear: this is not a call for political art, or work that aestheticizes social issues. Instead, we are looking for proposals that socialize or politicize aesthetics.
POPPOSITIONS was established in 2011 as a counterpoint to mainstream art fairs, and has grown as the leading alternative market for contemporary art. In the past five years, POPPOSITIONS has been dealing with questions of artistic agency, self-organisation, cynicism and criticality in order to shape its profile within the cultural and economic landscape. For the 2017 edition, Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (The Office for Curating, NL) has been appointed as artistic director.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION 2017
Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (independent curator, The Office for Curating, Rotterdam, NL)
“As we find ourselves in the midst of global crises, witnessing the rise of populism, xenophobia, nationalism, misogyny and racism, art needs to be more political than ever. Not as a genre, but as a field that must extend and apply itself without invitation, to trigger responses where none have been called for, and to confront what we take for granted. In response to this situation, the new edition of POPPOSITIONS is looking for proposals that will steer and reinvent the political imagination towards diverse forms of political opposition that are rich in alternatives, concrete in propositions, and delivered through everyday projects, all aimed at an effective and collective strengthening of our daily living and working practices. To quote philosopher Rosi Braidotti: “So don’t agonize, organize, because there is just so much that needs to be done!” “
Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk works as a curator and a writer. In September 2012 he founded The Office for Curating, which is currently based in Rotterdam. Recent exhibition projects include the group exhibition Tradition Doesn’t Graduate (2016) at Komplot, Brussels; Spending Quality Time With My Quantified Self (2016) at TENT, Rotterdam; the solo exhibition Sliding under Traces (2016) by artist Paul Geelen at A Tale of a Tub in Rotterdam; The Earthbound, a screening series that took place at Cannonball, Miami (2015); the group exhibition The Museum of Unconditional Surrender (2015) at TENT, Rotterdam; the group exhibition Percussive Hunter (2015) at Akbank Sanat, Istanbul; as well as the group exhibition John Smith, the Posthuman (2014) at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht. He is currently working on the forthcoming book publication The Standard Book of Noun-Verb Exhibition Grammar on the exhibition as an ecology.
In 2012 he was the recipient of the inaugural NEON Curatorial Award at The Whitechapel Gallery, in recognition of his fiction and literature-based approach to curating. Recently, he was awarded the Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition 2014.
Applications are limited to solo shows, which will be assembled by POPPOSITIONS into one single exhibition. All forms of media and artistic disciplines are accepted.
Attention, we do not accept applications from artists directly but only from structures.
Please download the application form that contains:
An identification sheet (1 page)
A proposal including short artist bio (1 page max)
Image(s) (at least 1 per work)
Description of the work(s) and any display requirements (1 page max per artwork)
Proposal for performance or film programme if relevant
No other documents will be accepted. Your submission should be in PDF-format with a maximum file size of 10 MB. Please email your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any further questions, please contact: email@example.com
Application deadline: Sunday, 15 January 2017 (midnight).
POPPOSITIONS will contact selected participants by 25 January 2017.
There are no application fees.
For the 2017 edition, POPPOSITIONS is replacing commissions with a flat participation fee. We will not be asking for sales commissions during the event. Instead, there will be a € 1,000 participation fee to help cover the show’s overhead expenses.