Woman Made Gallery seeking entries for Women Life Freedom Exhibit

Entry Due Date: February 25

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) seeks entries for the Woman Life Freedom exhibition, juried by Shahrbanoo Hamzeh and on display from May 6 to June 3

Woman Life Freedom is a slogan that the women of Iran are chanting on the streets in an unfair war with the gender apartheid regime to gain their basic human rights and bodily autonomy back. Beginning on September 16th, 2022, with Mahsa Amini’s unjust death, Iranian people have been shedding blood, sweat, and tears while protesting in the streets for freedom. We can play our part for freedom through art. I believe artists are able to take up the fight for women’s rights and become the voice of Iranian women.

This exhibition is centered on women’s rights and is an act in solitary with the brave women who are putting their lives on the line for freedom. Inspired by the lack of awareness surrounding the more than four decades of state-sanctioned violence perpetuated by the Islamic Republic against Iranian women, I am inviting you to share your story. What needs to be heard and what needs to be changed? Our fight for women’s rights everywhere will not end until each and every one of us is free. Woman Life Freedom brings together information, conversation, and visual elements surrounding this huge fight for human rights. With this exhibition, we are hoping to elevate and add to the Iranian women’s voice. –Shahrbanoo Hamzeh

Exhibition Description:
We at WMG believe that art can and does create lasting social change. As an intersectional feminist organization, WMG stands in solidarity with human rights activists and organizations, and in support of the women in Iran and wherever women and girls are oppressed. This exhibition seeks to document artist voices as a means of resistance to facilitate change and create a space for open dialogue regarding human rights=women’s rights.

We invite artists who identify as women, non-binary, trans women, trans men, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists and their allies, to submit images of up to three works created in any medium that have not been previously exhibited at WMG. Please address the theme of this exhibition in your artist statement.

Keywords: Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Feminism, Equality, Freedom, Woman-lead Revolution, Iran

The exhibition will be held at Woman Made Gallery, located in the Pilsen neighborhood at 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago, IL 60608.

About the Juror: Shahrbanoo Hamzeh
Shahrbanoo Hamzeh is a studio artist and curator currently working as a galley coordinator at Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College, Normal, IL. She holds an MFA from Illinois State University. Prior to this, she has received a master’s degree in Painting from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran. Her Undergrad degree was focused on Iranian Art and Culture from Kashan University, Kashan, Iran.

Her practice is mostly focused on human rights violations in her home country, Iran, especially towards women. She believes it is not easy to be an Iranian woman, not in Iran, nor anywhere else. Her homeland is facing a myriad of problems and conflicts, which is why her works are focused on the ideas of home, home country, leaving, loss, safety, longing, and recently the Iranian woman-led revolution. https://shahrbanoohamzeh.com/  

Important Dates
Exhibition Dates: May 6 – June 3
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6 at 4-7 PM
First Entry Due Date: February 25
Extended Due Date (fee increase to $35): * March 4
Notification: March 18

Entry Fee
*The entry fee is $30 until the first deadline. The entry fee will then increase to $35 per entry for an extended due date.  Each entry requires a minimum of one artwork, though up to three artworks may be considered per submission. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Members at the Enhanced Artist Level and above receive one free entry annually. Please email general@womanmade.org to receive your one-time code for free entry redemption.

WMG offers fee waivers to those who request the need. WMG offers up to 30 fee waivers per exhibition. To acknowledge the historic inequities of wealth distribution, they are exclusively reserved for ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+. Factors that result in an approved application include financial instability or low income status, student or recent graduate status, identification as ALAANA/BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+, or a demonstrated need otherwise. The WMG team will approve and send a fee waiver link within 2 days of artist’s request. Please email WMG at general@womanmade.org to request a fee-waiver.

Woman Made Gallery is a space for women and nonbinary artists, including trans women and femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer artists. We welcome art from women and non-binary artists from our local community, regionally based, and around the world.

Due to wall size restrictions, artworks must fall within 6’ horizontally and under 75 pounds in weight, unless delivered to and picked up from our 4th floor gallery by the artist. Artists may be additionally responsible for the installation of oversized works.

New media artworks are eligible. To be considered, artists must  submit a sample .mp4 or URL under 10 mins for purposes of consideration. For exhibition, WMG requires a digital transfer (Google Drive, Vimeo downloads, WeTransfer) as well as a USB formatted in .mp4 file format delivered to the gallery. WMG can provide a limited number of media players, Epson projectors and TV monitors with basic speakers. All other new media needs are the responsibility of the artist.

Art Sales
Accepted work may be listed for sale or be not for sale (NFS). WMG will retain a 40% commission on sold works. Work remains the property of the artist until sold. Sold artworks shall remain in the exhibition until the end of the exhibition. Artists will be paid no later than 30 days after the close of the exhibit. Artists may donate any portion of their commission to WMG.

Terms of Exhibition
An artist contract with full terms of the exhibition will be administered at the time of acceptance notification.

Artists need to retrieve their work by the date noted in the artist contract or make alternate arrangements. WMG is unable to store work beyond the pick-up date. Artists may donate their art to WMG’s fundraising efforts if unable to pick it up. WMG is happy to talk through preparations, offer advice, and recommend resources as requested.