May 2019, Call for Artists

We welcomed submissions from marginalized artists from non democratic countries, artists who have been victims of censorship and persecuted for the work they produce.

By the end of the deadline, we received almost five hundreds submissions. After Preselection, 52 artists works were presented to our ‘Selection Committee’ for the 2019/2020 project. (The ePub catalog is available on the “Exhibitions” page)

6 Artists from South America
3 Artists from Africa
2 Artist from the Far East
19 Artists from South Asia
15 Artists from The Middle East
7 Artists from Eastern Europe

Selection Committee

Beral Madra, Art Critic and Curator.

Beral Madra is world renowned art critic, and curator. In her time, she has coordinated the 1st and the 2nd Istanbul Biennale. She has also curated exhibitions for Turkish artists in the 43rd, 45th, 49th, 50th and 51st Venice Biennale. Beral co-curated the exhibition “Modernities and Memories-Recent Works from the Islamic World” in 47th Venice Biennale.

In 1984, Beral opened the Gallery BM, which continues to grow. Having realized approximately 120 international exhibitions, and over 150 local and international artists under her curatorship since 2014.

Beral Madra continues to make way for socio-cultural discussions, critical theory, and visual thinking.


Parastou Forouhar, Multidisciplinary artist, and Professor of Fine Art.

Parastou Forouhar, is an internationally acclaimed artist known for her use of meticulously crafted patterns, and her uninhibited criticism of the Iranian governments crimes against innocent citizens.

In 2001, she was asked to participate in the 2nd Berlin Biennale, and her work “Blind Spot” would earn international recognition. In the following years, Parastou has been involved in numerous solo, and group exhibitions, including the 4th Busan Biennale, the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial, and the 5th Moscow Biennale. In 2006, she was awarded the Villa Massimo grant, and residency, from the German Academy in Rome, for her artistic excellence.

Parastou, continues to captivate audiences with her elegant simplicity in “the written room”, as well as holding the title of professor, and GRC fellow, at the Mainz Academy of Fine Arts.


Taraneh Hemami, Multidisciplinary Artist, Curator, and Senior Adjunct Professor of Diversity Studies.

Taraneh Hemami is a world class curator and artist whose primary goal is to give a voice to unheard stories and marginalized histories. Many of Taraneh’s projects and exhibits have focused on the Iranian diaspora community and aim to foster conversation and reflection about the experience of immigration.

Taraneh has curated a number of exhibitions focusing on themes of diaspora, including “Once at Present”, and “Part and Parcel” which showed earlier this year. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards including, the Eureka fellowship award as well as the Visions from the New California award.

Taraneh is the Senior Adjunct Professor of Diversity Studies at the California College of the Arts, where she has taught many highly recognized, and notable artists.


Tammam Azzam, Multidisciplinary Artist.

Tammam Azzam is an internationally recognized artist who’s work focuses on the intense feeling feelings of loss for his home country.

Within the last decade, Tammam has put together an impressive number of solo and group exhibitions. In 2013, he would achieve world wide recognition for his works such as “Freedom Graffiti”, which were widely shared on Social media, and became iconic images of the Syrian revolution.

Tammam has also been the recipient of several residencies, including The 2015 Vancouver Biennale, and in 2016 Fellowship Placement at The Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study, in Delmenhorst, Germany.

Selected Artists

. Amir Khashayar Ghasemi (Iran)
. Ashish Kushwaha (India)
. Dasha Delone (Russia)
. Dima Goryachkin (Russia)
. Mazen Khaddaj (Lebanon)
. Safwan Subzwari (Pakistan)
. Sepideh Sarlak (Iran)
. Sumantra Mukherjee (India)
. Pooya Abbasian (Iran)
. Zara Yazdani (Iran)