2024 A.I.R. Currents Exhibition / Calls & Submissions

September 30, 2023

Organization Name: A.I.R. Gallery

Organization Location: Brooklyn, NY

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: $5 - $20


A.I.R. Gallery is currently accepting submissions for the 2024 CURRENTS Exhibition, “Free Expression and the Inexpressible”, through September 30, 2023. Curated by artist and theorist Aliza Shvarts, this exhibition invites work from artists working across all forms and disciplines who are interrogating the edges of free expression, mining its history, and positing new ways of thinking about what we can and cannot express.

“Freedom of expression” is a principle and right that is meant to protect the voices of the disempowered. Crucially, it promises to safeguard our capacity to speak our truth, critique systems of power, and demand a better world. Yet free expression has never been a right without exception, or even a right enforced and distributed equally. At times, the freedom of expression of some comes at the expense of the silencing of others—particularly women, queer people, people of color, indigenous people, and people with disabilities. In these instances, “freedom” can be an alibi for reinforcing domination: a term invoked to disavow language’s violent effects when someone says something hateful.

We are living through a dramatic repolarization of the cultural debates over the meaning of free expression. Between the alarming rise in book bans, restrictions on drag performance, and legislation such as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, there has been an unprecedented rise in censorship and dismantling of First Amendment protections. At the same time, cancel culture, misinformation, and deep fakes have prompted us to reconsider the social responsibility that comes with freedom, while the advent of AI-generated text and images adds further dimension to the age-old question of what it means to “express.”

Art has long navigated the space between free expression and the inexpressible. Artistic practice deals in representation, meaning that it navigates the limits of what can be rendered in language, images, performance, and aesthetic experience more broadly. Feminist art in particular has a long history of challenging which forms of expression are valued culturally and which have been dismissed. The 2024 CURRENTS exhibition aims to stage connections between the personal and political dimensions of expression and inexpressibility. Artists are invited to explore expression as a social and legal question as well as a creative, psychological, technological, affective, and material one.

More information and details about applying are on our website.


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