Thresholds | Thessaloniki, Greece
Jun. 8, 2018
Nottingham, UK founded, Gonzo Unit are excited to announce their first open call group exhibition in a new project space in Thessaloniki, Greece. As we embark on a new international collaboration, we invite artists of any nationality and at any stage in their career to submit work which responds to, reflects, or is inspired in any way by, the term ‘thresholds’.
The group exhibition will be juried. One artist will be selected as the exhibition winner.
THE PRIZE: a two-week solo exhibition in
2018. Gonzo Unit will work with the prize-winning artist to develop a solo exhibition to be held in Thessaloniki, Greece.
As the site of this exhibition, the city of Thessaloniki is situated at the gateway to Europe; in the region of Central Macedonia, it is a site of a rich shared history, bordering with Turkey to the east and the Balkans to the north. Today Greece continues to have presence at the neglected forefront of the European politics of precarity, under the shadow of economic hardship and recovery. The country is also an arrival site for thousands of migrants and refugees who are subsequently detained in continuing their journeys across the Balkans border.
Beyond Greece, 2018 continues to be a time of uncertainty, challenge and change for countries across the globe. As we enter into new and unknown territories, we recognise that at its most positive the term threshold is defined as a doorway. It marks a point of departure, and an opening to the both blind and dazzling possibilities of opportunity in a new beginning. However, a threshold remains in its physical state as an in between place. As both a link and a separator, it is the somewhat ghostly realm of passage between different sites, states, temporalities, histories and transitions. The threshold, too, marks a limit; it is the margin, the edge, the border; it is a set marker either to exist within or to be exceeded, a point of which to transcend.
As a far reaching word, our open call is non-prescriptive in approach, we seek artists whose practice explores the idea of ‘thresholds’ in their own subjective and creative contexts whether that is personally, philosophically or physically. Our final exhibition will be informed in collaboration with the artwork we select and the new vantage points that are created within the exhibition site.
Preview: Friday 8 June at 9pm
Exhibition: 9 – 23 June (see our website for our opening hours)
Location: Gonzo Unit, Siggrou 24, Thessalonki, Greece
Artists at any stage of their career may apply, and we will accept work of any medium. You may submit one artwork per submission. We will also accept proposals for work which is still in progress, however you must be confident that the work will arrive in time for the exhibition.
There is a fee of €15 per artwork for consideration. Gonzo Unit are currently unfunded, the fee will cover costs associated with the exhibition and winner’s exhibition.
How to enter:
Please visit our website gonzounit.org/opportunities/ for further information on how to apply and to download an application form.
Deadline: Friday 27th April 11.59pm (EET)