Call for Artists: Reflections on Exile

Curated by Jeanette Alanis
Oct 14, 2019

Root Division invites Bay Area artists responding to themes of diaspora and exile to submit work for an exhibition entitled Reflections on Exile curated by Jeanette Alanis. The exhibition will be presented in January - February 2020 at Root Division.

Highlighting challenging elements between human and land separation, Reflections on Exile examines displacement, restrictive or forced movement, and the after effects of war and persecution from the lens of Bay Area artists.

Inspired by Edward Said’s description of exile as "the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home”, selected artists will offer a creative lens on how exile has personally affected their lives, family, and the world. Exile has the capacity to become a state of existence. As one remains in exile, artwork produced can reflect on a multitude of identities, as well as healing, hope and resilience. As a whole, Reflections on Exile will respond to current political changes around separation, borders, and immigration. This exhibition aims to inspire change, ignite activism, heal xenophobia, and strengthen community in order to potentially open borders.

Artists working in all mediums welcome to apply.

Deadline for Submission: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Exhibition Dates: January 8 - February 8, 2020

1. Application Form:

2. Email to submissions@rootdivision... containing all of the below:

- Artist Statement

- CV

- 4 Images: Artists may submit up to four jpeg images of completed works. Video links can be hyperlinked in the submission form. If you are proposing a new work, please send images of completed projects with your proposal.

3. $10 Submission Fee

E-payment can be made via this page at this link
or by submitting a $10 check or money order made payable to Root Division, mailed to: Root Division, Attn: Reflections on Exile, 1131 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.

Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by October 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm for the email submission to be considered.

Please email application attachments to submissions@rootdivision....

Artists will be notified about inclusion by November 11th, 2019.

Call 415.863.7668 or email Samantha Reynolds, Arts Program Director at with any questions.