EVA International: OPEN CALL PROPOSALS are invited from individual artists or groups in response to Koyo Kouoh's curatorial project Still (the) Barbarians.

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EVA International 2016
16 April - 10 July

Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce that the 37th edition in 2016 will be curated by Koyo Kouoh, independent curator and founding artistic director of RAW Material Company in Dakar.

2016 is a meaningful year for Ireland as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising that began on 24 April 1916, a moment of great significance in the struggle for liberation from British colonial rule. Responding to the context of the centenary, EVA 2016 will be entitled Still (the) Barbarians and will investigate the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure from where artistic reflections, critical redefinitions and political transformations are articulated.

The biennial programme will address artistic, architectural, literary and critical positions that interpret colonial effects on the psyche, landscape and imagination, and that continue to shape our present condition. Coinciding with the centenary of the Easter Rising, Still (the) Barbarians aims to draw a concentric artistic and political cartography, mapping the conflations and confines of the global post-colonial typology with Ireland as its central starting point.

Commenting on her appointment and curatorial approach to Still (the) Barbarians, Koyo Kouoh said: “Ireland, which I consider the first and foremost laboratory of the British colonial enterprise, has always been a fixture in my thinking on the psychological and political effects a system designed to humiliate and alienate can have on peoples’ souls. The coincidence of EVA 2016 with the centenary celebrations of the Easter Rising provides a welcome opportunity to engage artists and thinkers in this exciting discussion.”

Open Call for Proposals
Deadline: 15 June 2015


Artists’ projects will be selected through an open call for proposals that is now open. Proposals are invited from individual artists or groups in response to the curatorial project Still (the) Barbarians and the context of the Easter Rising centenary.

Proposals can be in any medium and for the presentation of existing artworks or production of new projects. Selected artists will receive exhibition fees and production budgets as appropriate. Artists can make up to 2 proposals and there is a application fee of €25 for 1 proposal or €35 for 2 proposals. EVA International is a not-for-profit organization where application fees contribute directly to programme costs. Bursaries for application fees are available to artists from emerging and developing countries, as defined by the DAC list of ODA recipients.

The online application process is now open and closes at 12pm on Monday 15 June 2015.

Enquiries about the application process or curatorial project can be submitted to opencall2016@eva.ie before Friday 15 May.