Group exhibition open call

Example of upcycling: the object in the photo is called the Hammer of Martin of Tours and is kept in the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Legend has it that it belonged to Saint Martin of Tours, and the Latin inscription on the grip reads, "The pagan statues fall down, hit by St Martin's axe. Let nobody believe that those are gods, who so easily fall down." This subject is of particular interest to us because it was made in the 13th or 14th century from a stone axe from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1000–800 BC, possibly discovered above the ground or in a destroyed burial) by adding a silver handle. This rare object, mythologized over the past 6 centuries, invites us to ruminate on the way people in the past perceived their past.
The Golubitskoe Art Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for participants in 2021.

In April 2021, the Golubitskoe Art Foundation will host an exhibition examining the phenomenon of upcycling throughout the history of the Taman Peninsula. We invite artists who study and explore this phenomenon and/or the local archaeological and historical contexts to participate.

Upcycling is different from recycling in that it is closely related to the creative transformation of waste into art objects (e.g. swans made from automobile tires, rugs made from candy wrappers, etc.). The people of the past that are now the subject of scrutiny by modern archaeologists periodically reused objects, reworking them to perform various new functions (magical, economic, status, etc.). It has always been a creative process, and the very existence of such finds speaks of the unconventional thinking of the creators. As part of the upcoming exhibition, we would like to invite artists to reflect on the local archaeological context associated with the unique cases of ancient upcycling and reuse of objects from a ritual, economic and status points of view.

Conditions of Participation: please send us proposals for the projects or artworks that will be created specifically for the show or a description and images of the existing works provided they correspond to the subject of the exhibition. We will discuss further details of participation and production with successful candidates.

The Foundation will organise a group research trip across the Taman Peninsula with curator and archaeologist Varvara Busova for solo artists.

Deadline: 13 January 2021, 18:00 (UTC +3)
If you have any questions, please contact
Tanya Kurasova, Manager of the Golubitskoe Art Foundation
13 January 2021
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