Open Call for Co-Becoming. 4th Latin American Biennial of Contemporary Jewelry

Open call  /  17 Nov 2023  -  07 Jul 2024
Published: 28.06.2024

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Were you worried about not making it? Don't worry! The deadline is extended so you can submit your work to the CoBecoming competition.

The Latin American jewelry contest, the center of the festival that is the Biennial, this year proposes imagining possible futures by recognizing ourselves as part (and not owners) of the world we integrate.

We are waiting for your work until July 7!
'...Jewelry, as a means of artistic expression, is committed to the time and environment to which it belongs. It is from this place that the Biennial proposes that, based on reflection on our integration into the world of which we are part, we create work that looks at this present and proposes a better future. We appeal to our responsibility as artists to speak through art about the responsibility of coexisting with others, in an infinitely inhabited world, where the steps we have been taking, until now, are ones of painful destruction.'

We invite you to reflect on a future of COEXISTENCE and COLLABORATION
Let's make jewelry a voice that contributes to that construction. Let's project

In 2024, the Latin American Biennial of Contemporary Jewelry will hold its 4th edition. In line with its goal to contribute to the growth of art jewelry and reach out to every Latin American jeweler, this edition contest and seminars will be the beginning of a tour around our continent.
Co-becoming, the first travelling experience organized by Joyeros Argentinos and Joya Brava, will take place in Santiago de Chile at Centro de Extensión Palacio Pereira.

Terms and conditions:
The call is open to all creators of contemporary jewelry, professionals or students:
  • Latin Americans residing in any country in the world
  • Foreigners with more than three years of residency in Latin America (*)
  • Artists who have spent a significant period of their lives in Latin America and deeply feel involved with its evolution and culture, regardless of their nationality and residency (**).
(*): (*1) Countries included in the call: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.
(**): Participants in this group should send a written statement, together with the manifesto, explaining the ties that bind them to Latin America.
  • Each participant can present up to 3 jewels.
  • The pieces presented must comply with the requirement of being a jewel designed for the human body, that is ring, necklace, bracelet, brooch, rings, or other functionality for any part of the body. Whether it is an obvious functionality or not, it must be explicitly stated in the technical datasheets.
  • The jewels must be unpublished pieces, created after 2021, and have not participated in samples or previously exhibited in any physical space or by any digital medium.
  • There are no limitations in terms of materials, size, and techniques to use.
A jury comprising distinguished personalities from the field of contemporary art and jewelry, in particular, will make a selection among the submitted works.

  • Registration: until Sunday, July 7, 2024
  • Registration payment: until Sunday, July 7, 2024
  • Submission of photographs: until Sunday, July 7, 2024
  • Selection jury meeting: Monday, August 5, to Friday, August 9, 2024
  • Communication to selected participants: Tuesday, August 13, 2024
  • Participation payment: until Friday, August 30, 2024
  • Receipt of artworks: from Monday, August 19, to Friday, September 13, 2024
  • Award jury meeting: Monday, September 30, 2024
  • Exhibition opening and award ceremony: Thursday, October 3, at 12 p.m.
  • Exhibition open to the public: Thursday, October 3, to Sunday, November 3, 2024

>> Download registration form HERE

Selection and Awards:
The selected pieces will be part of the Co-becoming exhibition at the Palacio Pereira Extension Center in Santiago de Chile between October 3rd and November 3rd, 2024. Additionally, they will be part of a virtual exhibition hosted on the IV Biennial platform. The award jury will choose pieces to be distinguished with awards and mentions, and some will be highlighted in the digital catalog (awarded as Outstanding Pieces).

>> Discover the different awards and juries HERE

Entry registration: 
  • Registration for the contest will cost US $ 15 (or its equivalent value in pesos on the day of payment) which must be paid at the time of registration.  Each participant can submit up to three pieces with this registration.
  • After the selection, the chosen participants must pay US $ 30 (or its equivalent value in pesos on day of payment) and email the proof of registration payment. This registration does not cover the administrative expenses associated with the payment method. This registration admits the presentation of up to three pieces for each participant.
  • The registration and participation fees can be paid via bank transfer for residents in Argentina and through Global 66 or Western Union for residents in other countries (information about the account to transfer will be provided in the registration form).
  • The deadline for the registration payment is Friday, June 28, 2024. The deadline for participation payment is August 30, 2024. Late applications will not be accepted. Registration for the contest will only be effective with the corresponding payment within the period specified by these rules.
This participation fee includes being part of the Co-becoming exhibition at the Palacio Pereira Extension Center and the virtual exhibition that will remain published on the IV Biennial platform. Only the award-winning and outstanding works selected by the award jury will be included in the digital catalog.

The organization will grant up to five participation scholarships. If your work is selected, the artist can apply for a full or partial participation scholarship. The application, including name, pseudonym, selected work, must be sent to the email by August 20, 2024, detailing the reasons for requesting the scholarship and the percentage requested. The response will be communicated within 5 days after the scholarship application deadline. Both the applications and the scholarship assignments will be confidential. Selected participants who have requested full or partial scholarships and have not been granted them can participate by paying the participation amount

The exhibition will tour during 2025, and the cost is not included in the registration. The selected participants will be informed about the participation cost for the tour in different cities in due time. Under no circumstances do the participation scholarships cover the touring expenses. Participation in the tour is not mandatory. The organization is working to secure external funding to minimize the costs for participants during the tour.
Participants will be informed of the selection results via email on August 13, 2024. The list of selected participants will also be published on the websites of Joyeros Argentinos and Joya Brava, as well as their social media channels.

Photograph submissions: 
The selection of participating works will be based on the photographs sent by the registered participants. It is essential that the photos comply with the following instructions, as the artwork will be selected based on them. Through these photographs, the jury must understand the piece in detail, its functionality, and its relationship with the body.

We strongly recommend seeking a specialized professional photographer in jewelry or product photography.
After completing the registration, participants must email the following photographs of each piece to according to the following instructions:
  • Frontal photo of each submitted piece
  • Backside photo of each submitted piece
  • Detailed photo of each submitted piece to appreciate materiality and finishing (up to three photos)
  • Photo of the piece worn on the body (the person wearing the piece should not be recognizable).
  • Optional: a video (can be recorded with a cell phone) showing how the piece is put on and worn (the person wearing the piece should not be recognizable).
Photo quality: 300 dpi resolution, white background (RGB 255, 255, 255; hex #ffffff), 20 to 30 centimeters on each side, in .jpg format, RGB color format. There should be empty space (white background) around the image of the piece, no less than 3 cm. The main photo of the piece must display it entirely without cropping (including not cutting the hanging system in the case of necklaces or pendants).

The photographs should not contain names or texts on them and must be of professional quality.

The name of each photograph (the file name to be sent) should include the pseudonym, part of the piece's name, and the number of the photograph (e.g., stormjoy1, stormjoy2, for pseudonym: Storm and piece name: Joy).

Remember that these images will be the material used by the jury for selection, and in the case of being selected as an Outstanding Jewel, one of these photos will be the illustration for the digital catalog. Therefore, the quality, angle, and fidelity of the images to the artwork are of utmost importance. If they do not have the necessary quality for potential publication, they will not be included in the catalog.