Call For Submissions: Borderless, Stateless – Themed Commission Residency 2023

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Borderless, Stateless
[Themed Commission Residency 2023]
Trinity Square Video

Deadline: May 2, 2023
To apply, complete this submission form

Calling all artists, curators, and creative technologists interested in the topic of borders and states!

Trinity Square Video is seeking submissions for our annual Themed Commission: Borderless, Stateless, a summer residency and exhibition program inviting artists, designers, filmmakers and other creatives to produce or workshop new projects in a collaborative environment of like-minded artists.

This year’s theme invites project proposals that explore and critique the concept of borders and its relation to form, aesthetic, design, and methodology, as well as climate, geopolitics, nationhood, surveillance, immigration, indigeneity, and sovereignty.

We encourage proposals from Canadian and international artists that are experimental, playful, and interdisciplinary. From mid-May to mid-August, successful applicants will engage in idea exchange and collaboration through regular meetings with other artists-in-residence. They will also have access to mentorship, production gear, and other resources to complete and present their proposed project in a group exhibition at Trinity Square Video.

This year’s Themed Commission program will be curated by Christina Oyawale and Karina Iskandarsjah.

Karina Iskandarsjah is a queer Indonesian visual artist and curator whose work explores cultural hybridity, technology, plants, ecologies, borders, power, and contemporary post-colonial conditions. Karina holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She is part of the collectives CROCUS, and Glory Hole Gallery. Some recent works include Birdfeed, and Machine Bodies.

Christina Oyawale is a Black non-binary disabled lens-based artist, curator and designer whose work explores the radical occupation of space through a disability and queer framework in image-making, specifically through experimental video, performance, photography and installation. Christina holds a BFA in Photography from Toronto Metropolitan University. They strive to curate programming that fosters community conversations that pertain to interdependence, mental health, socio-political systems of oppression, and investigations of self. Recent curatorial projects include, As I Live & Breathe at Xpace Cultural Centre and Fixations: Thoughts on Time at Artspace Gallery in conjunction with CONTACT Photography Festival 2022.

Projects may tackle topics such as:

  • The effects of geopolitical borders and conflict on human beings, the climate crisis, access to water, land and food sovereignty;
  • Histories and current issues around “border-forming”; displacement, immigration, annexation, settler-colonialism, etc.;
  • Art and design’s role in climate activism and climate justice;
  • The development of state infrastructure for law enforcement and surveillance;
  • Critiques of current economic systems and the unsustainability of capitalism;
  • World-building; Imagining the dissolving of borders, abolition, Afro and Indigenous futures, etc.;
  • Invisible and visible borders in relation to artistic methodology, abstraction, form and medium-specificity.

Projects may take the form of (but are not limited to):

  • Film, video-essay, presentation/lecture, workshop
  • Photography and sculptures
  • Multimedia or interactive installation
  • 2D images or 3D renderings
  • Live or documented performance
  • Online publication, website, video game or social media platform
  • Interventions in public spaces

Selected artists receive:

  • Access to the Trinity Square Video Media Lab throughout the duration of the residency
  • $500 cash in production support
  • $1000 credit in production equipment rentals for the creation of their projects
  • Trinity Square Video production membership or renewal
  • Participation in a group exhibition with CARFAC artist fees (August, 2023)

If you encounter any barriers when applying, please contact Karina Iskandarsjah ( for submission alternatives.

Trinity Square Video’s Themed Commission program is generously supported by the EQ Bank.

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