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Alejandro Garcia Contreras and Josée Pedneault The New Gods 2015 (documentation). Image Courtesy of Toni Hafkenscheid.

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS
Artists’ Books x Archives x Alternative Narratives
Toronto Art Book Fair
Deadline: March 15th, 2017

In collaboration with Critical Distance Centre for Curators, the Toronto Art Book Fair is seeking curatorial project proposals.

The second edition of the Toronto Art Book Fair will be taking place from June 15th - 18th, 2017 at Artscape Youngplace. The thematic focus for TOABF 2017 is archives and alternative narratives. Conventionally, archives are developed in close relationship with institutional history, juridical environment, cultures, and sometimes also belief systems of particular countries or regions. In contrast, artists’ books have a legacy of resisting the dominant culture. They are often small in scale, ephemeral, cost relatively little to produce, and are easily replicable, allowing the work to flow outside of mainstream channels and reach audiences without institutional or commercial consent. They offer a criticism and alternative to these systems by circumventing them. The curated exhibitions and associated programming for TOABF 2017 will investigate archives that have emerged through the medium of the artist’s book and related printed matter.

This call for exhibition proposals is aimed at curators, artists, architects, collectives, writers, researchers, and creative individuals who are interested in developing an exhibition that investigates and explores the intersection of artist’s books, archives, and alternative narratives.

The exhibition will be mounted at Critical Distance Centre for Curators for the duration of the TOABF 2017. The selected applicant will be paid an honorarium of $1000 and given a budget of up to $1000 for materials and installation. TOABF will cover project costs such as marketing and space rental. CDCC will assist with staffing support, installation, and preparation as required for the execution of the project.

Submission process:

  • Proposals should describe exhibition (max. 500 words)
  • Please include a short bio (max. 100 words)
  • CV (max. 3 pages)
  • Images illustrating past work or proposed exhibition contents (max. 10 images)
  • Budget


Please email your application as one PDF to hello@torontoartbookfair.com with the subject heading: Call for Exhibition Proposals 2017.

The Selection Process: A jury composed of TOABF co-founders, the CDCC Director, a CDCC Board Member, and a member from the local community will review and rate the proposals. The successful applicant will be notified by March 24th, 2017.


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The Toronto Art Book Fair (TOABF) aims to bring increased visibility and appreciation to artists’ books, print culture, and independent publishers through learning, collaboration, and community engagement. The ongoing vision for TOABF is to represent the diversity of cultural production and creative expression across Canada. Over 3500 people participated in the fair’s activities; exhibitions, workshops, readings, lectures, curatorial talks, and panel discussions in 2016. www.torontoartbookfair.com
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Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. www.criticaldistance.ca
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