Freedom of the Presses: Artists' Books Exhibition Open Call

Freedom of the Presses: Artists' Books Exhibition Open Call

Open Call

Nov. 17, 2018
Brooklyn/United States
Deadline Oct. 21, 2018
Activism, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Other, Photogr...
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Freedom of the Presses: Artists' Books Exhibition Open Call

Freedom of the Presses is a brief survey exhibition of artists’ books, creative publications, and prints used by artists to further community engagement and social justice projects.

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The exhibition will run November 17, 2018 – January 11th, 2019.
Hosted by Booklyn, Inc. at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220.
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About the exhibition:
This exhibition celebrates and expands upon the release of Booklyn’s newest trade publication “Freedom of the Presses: Artists’ Books in the 21st Century.” Freedom of the Presses provides perspectives on how to deconstruct colonial and contemporary constraints on the concept, content, design, production and distribution of artists’ books and activist publications along with models of how to reimagine artists’ bookmaking as a socially engaged practice. This exhibition brings together artworks published in the book alongside works introduced to our organization through this open call.

Freedom of the Presses builds upon a collaborative exhibition of the same name, organized by Booklyn and the Brizdle Schoenberg Special Collections at Ringling College of Art and Design from October 20 – December 2, 2017 .

Booklyn seeks to create new relationships with artists using artists’ books as tools for activism, social engagement practices and advocacy projects. We are looking for artists’ books, zines, comics, prints and posters that explore and expand upon the themes represented in the book, including but not limited to:

– Social Justice
– Activist Publications
– Advocacy
– Public Participation
– Collaborations between Artists & Communities
– Artistic Responses to Agitprop
– Protest Materials

Submission Details:

Applications are accepted through the following Google Form. 
Artists are invited to submit 1 – 2 artworks for consideration, accepted media will include artists’ books, zines, comics, prints and posters. Artworks must have been made after the year 2000. Submissions are due Oct. 21st, accepted artists will be notified by October 27th. Artwork drop off will be November 5 – 8th. Artists are responsible for the drop off or shipment of artworks to Booklyn’s studio in Sunset Park. The open call for Freedom of the Presses is free to apply. Each selected artists will receive a free copy of the publication. All accepted artworks will be on consignment through Booklyn, Inc. Artists receive 55% commission on sale.

Please consider all aspects of exhibition, consignment, and deadlines before submitting. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our program director, Aimee Lusty,


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