Call for Submissions | AWARE Magazine: special focus on South American women artists
Call for Submissions – South America
Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
The AWARE association: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions was founded in June 2014 to improve the exposure of 20th century women artists, particularly through symposiums and study days, an award, exhibitions visits and the enhancement of a documentary platform accessible to all: www.awarewomenartists.com.
The website contains a “Magazine” section developed since autumn 2015, in which one to three articles a month is/are published, which have been commissioned or selected by an editorial committee of university professors, scientific museum staff, curators, and publisher. Exhibition reviews are published along with reports on major events in the art world, interviews, and summaries of research papers. To enhance the circulation and visibility of current research, AWARE also publishes articles written by specialists and art historians that are relevant to their thesis subjects or current work.
An artistic breeding ground throughout the 20th century, South America is one of the geographical centres to be reconsidered from the point of view of artistic practices by women who were often pioneers of the avant-garde. Driven by international cultural and artistic currents (the São Paulo Art Biennial to name but one, founded in 1951, is the second oldest art biennial in the world), South America which has such strong links with its pre-colonial and colonial history, is also defined by the numerous migrations, in particular from Europe, that shaped the continent as of the turn of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century.
The diversity and dynamism of the South American scene are increasingly highlighted by publications and exhibitions that retrace a history of art according to fresh perspectives. The significant role of women artists is pivotal to works such as Companeras: Women, Art, and Social Change in Latin America by Betty LaDuke, Latin American Women Artists, Kahlo and Look Who Else: A Selective, Annotated Bibliography by Cecilia Puerto, Trazos invisibles mujeres artistas en Buenos Aires (1890-1923) by Georgina G. Gluzman, and Feminismo y arte latinoamericano: Historias de artistas que emanciparon el cuerpo by Andrea Giunta, as well as exhibitions such as Latin American Women Artists at the Milwaukee Art Museum (United States) in 1995, or more recently A la conquista de la luna at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 2018 or Radical Women 1960 – 1985 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Brooklyn Museum in New York (United States) in 2017-2018. The latter showcased the multiplicity and diversity of feminist concerns in the work of South American artists throughout the whole of the 20th century. Neoliberal dictatorships, the massacre of pre-Hispanic peoples, and more recently the corruption of political leaders and the drug trade also appear as a basis for criticism and dissent in certain women artists’ works.
Moreover, the cultural heritage of ancient civilisations and attachment to mythology, nature and the cosmos reflect a commitment to respect for the environment and ethnic minorities. The final question remaining is that of historical artistic figureheads and how they gained such recognition. As for the historiography of women’s art in general, many personalities have been rendered invisible by the international history of art, even if key figures have managed to come to the surface thanks to research that has taken place over the past 50 years.
To complete research carried out by art history on these subjects, this Call for Submission aims to concentrate on women artists from South America and/or with a significant link to South America. The proposed texts can deal with general themes or particular case studies, relative to leading pioneer figures or less well-known artists, or a corpus of women artists, active during the 20th century.
Authors are invited to send a short summary (200-300 words maximum, in Word or Open Office format, in French or English) presenting the subject and its concerns, including a title (even a working title) and a short biography of the author, prior to 15 October 2018, to email@example.com (subject of the email: “Call for Submission – Research Article – South America).
In October, the editorial committee of AWARE will select the proposals that seem the most pertinent and will inform the authors before the end of the month.
In the event of a positive reply, the finalised texts (1600 words excluding footnotes, in French, English, Spanish or Portuguese) must be delivered by 7 January 2019. They must clearly outline the concerns relative to the subject, citing artists and works and opening up opportunities for research. A precise iconography of 4 to 8 visuals will be requested to illustrate the text. The text will be translated into English and/or French by the AWARE association and published on the bilingual Internet website (www.awarewomenartists.com/magazine) during the course of 2019.
A set compensation will be allocated to the selected authors.