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Call for Entries: La Frontera

Open call  /  27 Jan 2013  -  30 Jan 2013
Published: 27.01.2013
Museo Franz Mayer & Velvet da Vinci Gallery
Place
Hidalgo 45
06300 -  Mexico City
MEXICO
Mail:
infoE-mailvelvetdavinci.com
lorenalazardE-mailhotmail.com
DEADLINE: 30/01/2013
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Deadline is coming: 30.Jan.2013. Apply as soon as possible!

Historically the relationship between Mexico and the United States has been complicated, deep, and conflicted. The exhibition LA FRONTERA seeks to explore this physical space and what it represents. This is why we want jewelry artists to express how they understand this border.
“Borders separate but also unite.” (Octavio Paz)
Historically the relationship between Mexico and the United States has been complicated, deep, and conflicted. Due to geography, this relationship is unavoidable and comprised of many underlying currents: economic, political, social, cultural, ecologic and ideological. 

La Frontera (The Borderlands) is the physical space where the relationship between Mexico and the U.S is most evident. In recent years, drug trafficking and violence have made it the focus of almost daily news.
However, the extremely porous nature of the border allows not only the illegal passage of arms and drugs, but also ideas, money, projects, families, and culture. 

The border is an environment of opportunity both legal and not. Nearly 2000 miles long, the U.S. – Mexico border is the most frequently crossed international border in the world. Companies use differences in labor and environmental regulations to their advantage and create discontent on both sides of the border. 

Since the 1980s economic and political refugees from Central America have swelled populations at the border and migrations across it. The construction of the 700-mile U.S. – Mexico Border Fence of the past several years is the most tangible symbol of failed politics.

The exhibition LA FRONTERA seeks to explore this physical space and what it represents. This is why we want jewelry artists to express how they understand this border. 

Useful links about the border: 

borderstories.org
smithsonianeducation.org/migrations/bord/intro.html
www.no-border-wall.com/wall-designs.php
www.letraslibres.com/revista/convivio/las-redes-del-narco-en-estados-unidos?page=0,1
www.letraslibres.com/revista/convivio/una-politica-de-migracion-disfuncional 
www.nexos.com.mx/?P=leerarticulo&Article=661088 


Jurors
Lorena Lazard, Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt

Eligible Artists
All jewelers who have something to say about issues surrounding the U.S./Mexican border are encouraged to submit entries of original artwork. We will jury from images of actual pieces made for this exhibition. 

Submission Requirement
You are welcome to submit one to three pieces. The materials and size are your choice. We prefer you send the submission by email or Dropbox but CDs will also be accepted. Jurors will review submissions from digital images only. 

Image Specifications
Please be sure the images accurately portray the artwork. The jurors reserve the right to reject accepted entries, if the work does not contain the same qualities as indicated by the image(s).
Digital images must be in jpg format, 300 dpi. Each file name must follow this precise format: your last name, first name, the image number (1–3) as it corresponds to the entry form on the application. Detail images should be numbered 1a, 1b, 2a, etc. Each artist may submit up to three (3) entries (one entry equals one work of art). Additional images (up to two (2)) may include detail shots, shots of the reverse side, etc. 

Images must include the following information on a separate sheet of paper (see attached form):
1. artist’s name
2. email address
3. artist’s address
4. title of work
5. medium (please be specific)
6. dimensions
7. year piece was made
8. a short paragraph referencing why you made this piece and its relationship to the U.S./Mexico border 

All images and CDs sent to be juried will remain the property of the jurors. 
You may submit entries either to Velvet da Vinci or Lorena Lazard. Addresses follow: 

Velvet da Vinci
info@velvetdavinci.com
Lorena Lazard
lafrontera.lazard@gmail.com

Fees
There will be a $25 fee to apply to the exhibition. This may be paid with a bank check or money order in U.S. dollars, or through PayPal here: Click to Pay Now 

Artwork Requirements
Entries must be for original artwork, executed within the past two years 

Receipt of Work
The artist is responsible for adhering to all deadlines and schedules, and for shipping with insurance to Velvet da Vinci (within the U.S.) or to Lorena Lazard (within Mexico). Work should be packed in sturdy, reusable containers. 

Liability and Insurance
Artists are encouraged to pack and crate works carefully. Every care will be taken to secure the safety of all works of art. All work will be insured for its wholesale value once received by the jurors, for the duration of the exhibition and during return shipping. 

Notification
Notification of the jurors’ selections will be sent by email by February 28, 2013. 

Agreement
The receipt of any application will be understood to imply agreement on the part of the entrant with all conditions set forth and inferred in this prospectus. 

Sales
ALL WORK MUST BE FOR SALE. All sales made during or resulting from the exhibition will be subject to a 50% commission. Work will not be for sale at the Franz Mayer Museum, but will be at Velvet da Vinci. If a work sells at Velvet da Vinci, the artist may be responsible for replacing the piece with similar work for any subsequent venues. Sold work will not continue traveling with the exhibition.


Questions:
Elizabeth Shypertt or Mike Holmes – info@velvetdavinci.com
Lorena Lazard - lorenalazard@hotmail.com 
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