Embrace Your Voice:

Open Call for The Salon de Refusées

Open Call for female (read) artists: In the vibrant heart of Berlin’s art scene, a revolution is unfolding. It’s not heralded with loud proclamations but whispered in the language of art and expression. krautART ARTspace invites you to be a part of this artistic uprising through its Salon de Refusées, an initiative that boldly challenges the norms and celebrates the voices of women and female-read artists.

Why This Matters

In an industry where the tapestry of creativity is rich and diverse, the threads woven by women and female-read artists remain underrepresented. This disparity isn’t just a gap; it’s a gaping chasm in the narrative of art. The Salon de Refusées is not just any Open Call; it’s a statement, a beacon of hope, and a testament to the power of inclusivity in art.

A Nod to History with a Modern Twist

The Salon des Refusés of 1863, a monumental event in Paris, set the stage for artists rejected by the official Salon, including notable figures like Édouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, and Paul Cézanne. This historic exhibition, commanded by Napoleon III, broke traditional barriers, allowing avant-garde artists to challenge art norms and gain public exposure for the first time. It symbolized a rebellion against artistic conventions and opened new doors for art styles and perspectives.

Today’s art world, however, often traps artists in a cycle where past success predicates future opportunities, particularly sidelining women and minorites. The Open Call “Salon de Refusées” at krautART ARTspace confronts this cycle, offering a stage for artists whose rejection becomes a catalyst for showcasing their talent. Drawing inspiration from the 1863 Salon, our Open Call “Salon de Refusées” stands as a testament to overcoming the conventional art world’s exclusivity. It’s a space where rejection marks the start of a new, inclusive artistic journey, celebrating creativity beyond traditional accolades.

Your Art, Your Story

Are you a woman or read as female? Has your art been turned away by juried art shows? Then this is your moment. We are looking for artists who have faced rejection and are ready to turn that into a powerful statement. Whether it’s a canvas that speaks in colors, a sculpture that tells a story, or an installation that defies convention, your art has a home here.

What We Seek

Our Open Call welcomes submissions from female and female-read artists whose works have faced rejection within the past 18 months. Our scope includes a wide range of artistic expressions, from traditional to modern mediums. We eagerly anticipate receiving 2D works, along with a limited selection of 3D works and installations due to spatial constraints. Artists specializing in VR/AR projects, as well as any other art forms requiring technical equipment, should note that they will need to provide their own technology and setup.

  • Application Start: November 13th, 2023
  • Apply Here: Salon de Refusées Open Call
  • Submission Deadline: December 13, 2023
  • Vernissage: February 29, 2024
  • weekly artist talks
  • Finissage: March 28, 2024

Additional Open Call Info:

  • Artworks must be ready for display or hanging.
  • Artists are responsible for the transportation and insurance of their artworks.
  • There is no application fee.
  • Due to space limitations, the exhibition will be curated to ensure a diverse range of styles and voices are represented.

Be Part of the Change

The Open Call is for more than just an exhibition; we’re starting a movement. It’s about breaking barriers, challenging perceptions, and making sure that every voice in the art world is not just heard but celebrated. Your art deserves to be seen, your stories deserve to be told, and your voice deserves to be heard.

Let’s Write History Together

Join us at krautART ARTspace for the vernissage on February 29, 2024. Let your art speak the truths that have been silenced for too long. Let’s make the Salon de Refusées not just a moment in art history, but a pivotal point in the journey towards a more inclusive and equitable art world.

We Await Your Art

Your creativity and resilience are what will drive this exhibition. Don’t let rejection define your art; let it fuel your journey. Submit your work to the Open Call, share your story, and be a part of something truly revolutionary.

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Izabela Petryla

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Sandra Sagan

In the hidden depths of Sandra Sagan’s “She flies” each stroke uncovers the silent struggles of femininity against a tempest of emotions. This canvas whispers the untold stories of resilience behind societal masks.

Xiayi Su

Discover the photographic journey of Xiayi Su through twilight’s ambiguity, where each frame is a portal to the profound dance of light and shadow, inviting introspection into the universe’s silent whispers.

Kristy Gosling

Kristy Gosling’s “Aberrations” series reimagines the photographic canvas, blending light, shadow, and form into a sculptural tableau that captivates and challenges perception. Discover her unique vision where photography transcends its own frame, beckoning viewers into a dance with depth and illusion.

Elina Evstig

Elina Evstig combines realism with abstract techniques in oil. She is passionate about depicting people, especially portraits of women.

Jingwen Yao

Jingwen Yao compels us through her art to look closer, to see the invisible threads that connect us to our environment and to each other.

Bilge Ugursu

Bilge Ugursu’s work is a quest to unravel the intertwining of art perception and mental health, a poignant exploration that questions, how the perception of art relates to the mental state of its viewers.

Nadja Asghar

Explore Nadja Farah Bratland Asghar’s emotive art that delves into human emotions and connection. Join “Salon de Refusées” to empower female artists.

Cornelia Es Said

Through her work, Cornelia Es Said calls for a reckoning, urging us to see beyond profit and power to the sanctity of collective human experience.

Anastasia Lukomskaya

Anastasia Lukomskaya is a visual artist and poet from Moscow, now in Germany, exploring human consciousness and the impact of totalitarianism. Her art, spanning various media, reflects on societal ills and the quest for personal truth in a world of compulsion and conformity.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to submit artwork to the Salon de Refusées?

Female and female-read artists who have faced artwork rejection within the past 18 months are eligible to submit.

Can international artists participate?

Yes, international artists are welcome to submit their work. However, they must manage any shipping and customs processes.

What types of artwork can I submit?

We welcome a wide range of artistic expressions, from traditional to modern mediums. This includes 2D works, 3D works, installations, and VR/AR projects.

Is there a submission fee?

No, there is no fee to submit your artwork to the Salon de Refusées.

How do I submit my artwork?

Please submit the following three documents through the application form on our website:

  1. An image of your artwork.
  2. An artist statement that explains your intent and the background of your work.
  3. A rejection certificate. This can be a screenshot of a rejection email or a document signed by you, detailing the art institution or organization that rejected you, as well as the works you submitted.

These three elements will allow us to gain a comprehensive understanding of your work and its history.

Can I submit multiple pieces?

Absolutely. You are welcome to submit multiple pieces, but please fill out the submission form separately for each piece. Due to spatial constraints, we might not be able to exhibit all submitted works, but we’ll consider each one carefully.

What is the deadline for submissions?

December 13th, 2023 is the deadline for submissions. We encourage artists to submit their works early.

What criteria will be used to select artworks for the exhibition?

We aim to exhibit at least one piece from every artist who submits, reflecting our commitment to inclusivity. If the number of submissions exceeds our exhibition space, we will select based on the uniqueness of each artwork and the depth of its associated rejection story. This approach aims to highlight a rich spectrum of distinct voices and styles, ensuring a meaningful and varied exhibition.

What happens if my work is selected?

Selected works will be displayed at the krautART ARTspace. Artists will be notified in advance and provided with details regarding the exhibition.

Will there be any support for transport or installation of artworks?

Artists are responsible for the transportation and installation of their artworks. For technical installations, artists should provide their own equipment.

How will this exhibition benefit participating artists?

The Salon de Refusées provides a unique platform for showcasing your rejected works, offering public exposure, networking opportunities, and the chance to be part of a movement celebrating artistic diversity and resilience. Additionally, there will be opportunities for your work to be sold during the exhibition, including an art auction performance and possibly an Audience Award at the Finissage.