ONUFRI XXI - Open Call
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SiO2 The Reason of Fragility
Contemporary Artists Facing Glass


Open call for art projects on the topic GLASS to be developed, realized and exhibited in the frame of ONUFRI XXI, 2015 | SiO2 The Reason of Fragility Contemporary Artists Facing Glass, international art exhibition curated by VestAndPage.

Participate: Deadline | October 01, 2015

Type: International Art Exhibition

Venue: Galeria Kombetare e Arteve (National Art Gallery), Tirana, Albania

Category: Film, Installation, Performance, Sound, Text (Creative writings), Video, Visuals (comprehensive of drawings, digital rendering, photography)

Size: Open for applications

Eligibility: architects, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, performers, photographers, sound artists, visual artists, and writers from the Albanian art and cultural scene also working in a variety of media and disciplines (sciences included) are invited to submit their works.

Applicants must be below 40 years of age at the date of the deadline.

To apply, please send a PDF file to:

< onufri21@galeriakombetare.gov.al> and <pagnes@vest-and-page.de>

that includes:

  1. A brief (400 words) proposal - draft project with timeline feasibility (when applicable).
  2. A brief artist/collective statement.
  3. Short bio and CV.
  4. A selection of images at your choice you would like to share with us to describe visually your project proposal.

7 project proposals will be selected from the open call to take part at the ONUFRI XXI exhibition.

Open Call Text

How do we spell the word C-A-R-E when staring at Glass?

Glass is an exemplar material when it comes to create visibility, or discuss concepts such as transparency, refraction, resistance and fragility. Lenses, windows, mirrors, magnifiers, mobile phones, tablets, computer screens, surveillance camera, showcases, bottles, aquariums are part of our quotidian as well as our professional lives, infecting our public, social and private spheres. A pair of glasses can make the invisible visible; a bulletproof glass plate works in protection as a seeing-trough barrier, thus like any material, ballistic glass is not completely impenetrable.

Paradoxically, however, beyond any tautological statement, true by definition so basically devoid of informative value, here the question is what and how we see when we look at reality through glass? How does it affect our mind and creative thinking?

Already in the XIX century, Lewis Carroll saw the imaginary world of Alice shaped through a looking glass, blurring experience with dreaming. Few years later the provoking gesture of Marcel Duchamp of shuttering 50 Cc of the air of Paris in a pharmaceutical ampoule offered the opportunity to translate the infinite potentialities of glass into unprecedented dialectics, which inevitably have to do with our space, time and daily existence. For it, glass can be intended as an epistemically constitutive element of contemporary artistic language, a new linguistic tool through which to create images, although paraphrasing Pindar, just like knowledge and life, the molecular structure of glass and its weak points are likewise roads arranged randomly rather than a stable dwelling.

Assuming glass as a medium, symbol and carrier of meanings addressed to the individual and social recall, the exhibition SiO2 The Reason of Fragility funds and focuses on the states of alertness, attentiveness, and responsibility, to look at the configuration of things in our world with more concentrated eyes. With it, the exhibition unfolds the necessity of awareness and care in human relations both in the private and social spheres, as well as towards the surrounding, ultimately enhancing a better understanding of the irreversible impact of decisions made.

Finally, from both an art-educational and technical-artistic perspective, the exhibition becomes an opportunity for students, artists and cultural operators to reflect, investigate and discuss upon what it means to approach a specific material not only for what it is or represents, but rather as a primary source of concept, thought and imagination to unveil ethical and aesthetic concerns anthro-poetically, which pertain to, fuel and enforce the development of culture.

If glass allows an interdisciplinary meeting on a common ground and presents as its primary characteristic the expansion of the human vision, it can act in term of knowledge model and threshold. If so, glass can offer new possibilities of perspectivization and consequent research, to argument further on today crucial themes, such as concealment and separation in order to reduce gaps, boundaries by confronting ourselves with stagnating dichotomies.

Verena Stenke Andrea Pagnes