OPEN CALL for the 57th October Salon


Curated by Danielle Kvaran (FR) and Gunnar B. Kvaran (IS)

Open call for work submission until October 1st 2017.

We have decided to present an exhibition entitled The Marvellous Cacophony, based on the idea of diversity. This concept puts the Serbian and the Belgrade art scenes into an international context, but at the same time, refers to the complex cultural and socio-political situation in the region.

At the beginning of 21st century, despite the fact that the Western notion of contemporary art has become an universal model of reference, no single common denominator has emerged. The art world has many centres, multi-layered activities, a plurality of ideas about what art is and what it can be, and an impressive number of heterogeneous works. This Marvellous Cacophony reflects the richness of the world. It is a positive condition, creating energies that can include dissonance and even conflicting ideas and expressions. It involves the coexistence of multiple identities and permanent relational flows, conveying notions of miscellany and openness, and creating meaningful narratives about art and culture, social issues and politics.

The Marvellous Cacophony will explore worldwide artistic production, looking into diverse art scenes and different generations of living artists. It will bring together a constellation of works that express, through their forms, structures, materials, techniques, devices and content, the extraordinary richness of contemporary artistic expression.

The curators will invite Serbian and international artists to participate with either work specially made for the exhibition or pre-existing work, and then the curators will select Serbian artists from an Open Submission online.

The Open Submission will be online until October 1st 2017. Only people who have exhibited their work publicly and professionally as artists will be considered.

The entry, completed on-line and written in English, should include the following information:

  • Personal details: the candidate’s full name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number
  • Biographical information
  • A brief note presenting the artist’s approach (up to 900 words)
  • A good-quality identity photo
  • A selection of one to three works, not necessarily in the same medium, with a good-quality image of each work to enable the curators to form as accurate an idea as possible of the candidate’s practice
  • Estimate costs of production and/or postproduction

Candidates working exclusively in the medium of video are advised to provide a link to a video hosting site such as Vimeo or YouTube or to their own site where the video can be viewed.

Candidates must not send original artworks to the Cultural Centre of Belgrade.

Apply now!