QUOTING OURSELVES (Call for Artwork)

A Bay Area Queer Artist Exhibition and Screening

Curated by Karly Stark


The SFSU Art Gallery is currently accepting submissions of experimental film and other visual or written art forms for the upcoming exhibition QUOTING OURSELVES.

About the Exhibition

Quoting Ourselves seeks to address the lack of visibility and historical documentation of the queer community by the queer community. This exhibit will present a series of interventions that work to fill the holes created by the kyriarchal process of history production, focusing on the notions of visibility and invisibility. Artists critically engage with their own histories and mythologies in order to deconstruct histories of normative oppressions and attempt to create a new future whereby queer histories are created by queers themselves.

The SFSU Art Gallery invites Bay Area queer women, gender nonconforming, and transgender individuals to submit experimental film, video, multimedia and other visual or written art forms to be shown in an exhibition and film program focusing on queer histories.

What we are looking for:

  • Self-portraiture and autobiographical work (films, photographs, written works, poems)
  • Subjective essay films
  • Creating queer histories and/or filling holes in which historical documentation does not exist.
  • Performance art that addresses any of the above.
  • Interactive digital media art, experimental video or game artwork that includes gallery visitors in a participatory way and deals with queer affect, history, subjectivity.


Open to all Bay Area queer artists, working in all media and formats.

We are particularly interested in creating an exhibit that includes many forms of queerness beyond just white gay/lesbian/bisexual representation, specifically queer/trans people of color, asexual, polyamorous, intersex, and other forms/manifestations of queer sexualities. Queerness is intersectional, this exhibit aims to be so as well.


 1) Artworks MUST be made by a queer, gender nonconforming, or transgender artist.

2) Films of the experimental genre that address the theme of the exhibit are accepted.

3) Only films under 20 minutes will be considered.

4) Year of completion must be between 2012 and 2014.


Send following information to artgallery@asi.sfsu.edu :

1) Name/contact information of artist

2) Link to website/portfolio

3) Online screener of submission: submit a link and password to preview your film.

4) Once a film has been accepted into the exhibit, we will require a high resolution HD .mov file for exhibition + screening.

5) Description of work submitted (250 word max)

6) Short Artist Statement (500 words or under)


6:00 pm, Monday, February 9th, 2015


Artists whose work has been accepted to the exhibition and the screening will be notified by phone or email by Friday, February 13th, 2015.

EXHIBITION DATES: February 28 – March 18, 2015.

SCREENING DATE: March 3, 2015

Art Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 6:00 PM

An exhibition curated by Karly Stark

Karly Stark is a queer experimental filmmaker and scholar/educator based in Oakland, CA. She holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and is currently pursuing her MFA in Cinema at SFSU. Her work passionately leans toward portraiture, critical queer and trans politics, interrogating history and its production, diary filmmaking, performance, and different forms and manifestations of human sexuality.


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