Call for Artists: Trueque

Venue: 1131 Mission Street

Root Division invites Bay Area artists responding to themes of exchange outside of a capitalist structure for an exhibition entitled Trueque (trweh-keh) curated by Samu Cortez. The exhibition will be presented in June 2020 at Root Division.

Trueque – meaning the non-capitalist exchange of goods – is an exhibition that focuses on the capacity of exchange outside of a capitalist system to create new and shared ideas, as well as shared collective spaces. Inspired by the guidelines of the artist collective Aguas Migrantes, who work collaboratively in community and social practice based projects, “Trueque” will highlight the production of this alternative system through the lens of artistic practices by artists both here in the Bay Area and in Mexico. 

Confirmed participating artists to date: Jose Arenas, Hortencia Aguilera, Hugo Barron Garcia, Celia Herrera, Omar Navia, Jessica Sagobal

We encourage artists working in all mediums to apply and are also interested in hearing from artists whose practice explores performance, site-specificity and public-space.

Deadline for Submission: Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Exhibition Dates: June 3 – June 27, 2020

Submit your Application

Deadline for Submission: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Email submissions can be sent to

To complete your application, please submit the online application form here. Please call 415.863.7668 or email with any questions.

Submission Fee

Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by 3/19/20  for the email submission to be considered. E-payment can be made via the form below.

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