Open Call 2018-2019

apexart Announced Winning Proposals

apexart’s International Open Call accepted ideas for group exhibitions to be presented anywhere in the world. The four winning proposals come from Nigeria, The United States, Puerto Rico and India.

apexart Announced Winning Proposals


apexart announced the four exhibitions selected by its International Open Call for Group Exhibitions. The proposals were chosen from over 543 submissions by 344 jurors who cast nearly 13,000 votes, to be developed as part of apexart’s 2018-19 exhibition season.

The four winning proposals will receive a budget and administrative support to bring their projects to life in locations outside of New York City.

The four winning proposals were submitted by: Innocent Ekejiuba & Yinka Elujoba, Harris Kornstein & Cara Rose DeFabio, Shaunak Mahbubani, and Marina Reyes Franco.

Re-imaging Futures: A Trans-Nigerian Conversation (Lagos, Nigeria)
submitted by Innocent Ekejiuba and Yinka Elujoba (Invisible Borders Trans-African Project)
Evolving from a road trip across Nigeria undertaken by a group of writers, photographers, and filmmakers in 2016 and 2017, this exhibition presents works that examine what it means to be Nigerian today. It will feature documentation of the road trip and timely works that respond to Nigeria’s political instability, ethnic crises, and colonized past.

System Failure (San Francisco, United States)
submitted by Harris Kornstein and Cara Rose DeFabio
“Fail fast! Fail big! Fail often! Fail better!” These oft-quoted Silicon Valley mantras celebrate the high-octane risk-taking that is a hallmark of the tech world. But who gets to fail? This exhibition critiques ideologies of technological failure and tactically engages breakdown itself. Artists strategically build tools that are never meant to function properly, and push systems further than they were meant to go.

Regimes of Truth (Bangalore, India)
submitted by Shaunak Mahbubani

As India’s right-wing fundamentalist party enters the final year of its term under the current Prime Minister, the time is ripe to reflect on the changes brought about by its leadership. Following public mob-lynchings and drastic environmental crimes, this exhibition questions the government’s present use of propaganda to claim and consolidate political control.

Resisting Paradise (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
submitted by Marina Reyes Franco

Drawing inspiration from Caribbean nations’ shared history—from invasion, to plantation, to resort economic development model—this project addresses tourism as a new means of colonization. Through transgression and appropriation, participating artists envision new paradigms of life in the region and its diaspora, by challenging preconceived notions of what it means to be Caribbean.

Visit apexart online to read the original proposals in full, and find out more about the upcoming NYC Open Call for Group Exhibitions in October.




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