The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka announces an Open Call for artworks for “Escape” exhibition, which is to be held as the third episode of the EU project “Risk Change”.

Escape covers the topic of migrations as a collective phenomenon in the arena of everyday life. Exploring causes, background and consequences of migrations, the exhibition lays an emphasis on escape as a model of searching for solutions, where slippages, elusion and detours are the usual paths of survival.

The notion of escape has numerous connotations: the escape of capital, the escape of thought, the escape of brains, the escape from reality, all of which involves crossing the regular boundaries and breaking the regulations.

While the need for escape often has a negative sign, this exhibition takes interest in it as a proactive and self-sustaining act that manifests at least in two ways – as an effect of the lack of tolerance for an ongoing situation but also as a perk of being able to make an escape in the first place. At the same time, the exhibition calls attention to the questionable sovereignty – if the control of escape is the postulate of every organized society, isn’t it true that freedom is limited, always and everywhere? Accordingly, isn’t it true that an act of escape in the systems of intensified control becomes more and more visible?

The exhibition explores migration field as the place of life-saving, risky and exhausting escapes, focusing on positive outcomes, but also on impossible endeavors. It evokes the works of art that take different approaches, from personalized and poetic all the way to documentary and critique-oriented, highlighting the potential of escape as an effect of coercion, but also as an effect of free choice. In this exhibition, we wonder how contemporary art correlates with the situations of escape and how, avoiding literal depiction, it communicates the perilous trajectories of various escapes.

The artworks will be selected by the jury of five members – the MMSU curators Ksenija Orelj, Sabina Salamon, Nataša Šuković, Marina Tkalčić and Sabrina Žigo (City Museum of Rijeka). The selected works will be shown in an exhibition that will be held from 16 November 2018 to 15 January 2019 at the MMSU.

The application must contain:
– name, surname, address, telephone number, e-mail address
– CV
– description of the work and work documentation (sketch, photo, video etc)
– technical information about the way the work is displayed

Guidance notes for applicants:
– the open call is intended for individuals and groups from Croatia, the EU and Third Countries (a Third Country is a country that does not participate in Creative Europe program. The expenses for Third Countries are all expenses allocated for Third Countries citizens, for activities that will be held in Third Countries, or for the European partners who travel to Third Countries. To find out more, please visit this link.
– each author can send only one proposal
– the authors can propose a new work or an existing work
– the applications are sent to escape.mmsu@gmail.com, with a note “escape”
– the author’s net fee is HRK 3.750,00 (500 €) regardless of whether the applicant is an art collective or an individual author); the fee covers the expenses of artwork transport and travel and accommodation expenses.

The open call closes on 10 September 2018, while the decision about the selected proposals will be published by 20 September 2018.

The program is supported by the EU program Creative Europe, the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Rijeka.

The exhibition is part of the programme line Kitchen – Center for Creative Migrations, within the Rijeka 2020 – ECOC – Port of Diversity.

The contents of this open call do not express the opinion of the EU program Creative Europe, the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Rijeka, but only the opinions and stands of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.