Call for Contributions: Special Issue on Solidarity

ARTMargins Online is currently seeking submissions for a special issue on Solidarity. While this special issue will focus on contemporary art, we are equally interested in manifestations and contestations of solidarity as they appeared earlier in the 20thcentury.

We would like to receive contributions that focus on the intersection of politics, art, and activism from the 1960s to the present day, exploring the ways in which calls for solidarity—as well as practical ways of being in solidarity—have been mobilized on local, translocal, and transnational levels. The urgency of solidarity as a theme for artistic and cultural work has become clearer in recent years, as part of the global character of struggles against neo-imperialism and neocolonialism. In the context of the former Eastern Europe, for example, the recent war in Ukraine has raised the question of solidarity across a wide variety of cultural contexts. Historical and curatorial projects have also focused increasingly on recovering past legacies of solidarity, such as those developed in the (formerly) Socialist world.

While ARTMargins Online maintains a nonexclusive focus on Eastern and Central Europe, we are also interested in contributions whose reach extends beyond that region.

Contributors might explore the following questions, or other relevant avenues of inquiry:

  • What does solidarity mean in the context of today’s globalized artworld, and what can relationships of solidarity do to transform both culture and politics?
  • How can artists and art institutions meaningfully create networks of solidarity? What methods of organizing, communicating, fundraising, and creating are most effective in fostering solidarity?
  • How do projects to raise solidarity work across local and transnational contexts? What narratives about solidarity do artists or cultural workers produce to navigate different histories across contexts?
  • What historical legacies of solidarity are most relevant for artists, curators, and art historians working today? What narratives about solidarity are no longer credible, or have become merely empty rhetoric?
  • What concrete examples of artistic solidarity seem most meaningful as grounds for future growth and change?

We are seeking contributions in the following areas: interviews with artists, activists, or cultural workers (2,000-3,000 words); short articles related to the constellation of questions posed above (approximately 3,000-4,000 words, including footnotes); and artist projects, especially in media that are amenable to the publication’s online format.

Please submit contributions through our online submission system (artmargins.com/submissions). In the “Note to the editors” field, please note that your submission is for consideration in the “Solidarity special issue.”

Deadline for contributions: October 1, 2022

Expected Online Publication: beginning November 1, 2022

Yuri Krushchak, “Maidan,” photograph (2013). Image courtesy of the artist. Published in “When Canons Roar: Artists Reflect on the Conflict in Ukraine,” by Katarina Lindqvist, on ARTMargins Online.

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