Curated by Samu Cortez
Mar 19, 2020

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.

Oftentimes when we think about exchange, we think about the equal monetary exchange of goods. But what are the implications when exchange happens without following the guidelines of that system? What happens when alternatively there is an exchange of memories, cultures, feelings, shared knowledge or physical goods with others?

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. Coinciding with the US presidential primary debates in June, this project is also well timed to be an important contribution to the local, national, and international dialogue of value systems.

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

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: Trueque, 1131 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103.

Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by March 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm for the email submission to be considered.

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

Artists will be notified about inclusion as soon as possible.

Call 415.863.7668 or email Renee Rhodes, Art Programs Manager at with any questions.