DEADLINE APRIL 05, 2017
L.A. Photo Curator: Call for Entry- The Human Relationship to Water
Calls for Submissions
Note from Van Der Plas: Cultures have been historically defined by their relationship to water. The rapid growth of many of the world's major cities can be attributed to the success of their trading ports.Water was a means of transport and commerce that sustained interconnectivity as well as a source of vitality for humans. These water-based industries attracted workforces from all over the world that would come to make up entire communities within a city. So it is water that has brought us together, kept us connected and quenched our thirst. However, man's relationship with water has become estranged. As ports closed and moved outside of the city, as planes and cars took over the role of the seas, and as the individual came to expect their cargo at their doorstep, so too did human interconnectivity lose its relationship to water and the natural elements. We have come to see water as wilderness and cannot truly understand it's purpose. Our relationship to drinking water has been disrupted by Nestle and Poland Spring. We go deep-sea diving and take ferries for enjoyment all while we unload our waste in its depths and drive its populations to extinction. Walking on the Hudson or East River promenade in NYC feels like walking the city's outskirts. The West Side Highway and FDR encompass the cities outer edges, making way for the automobile in place of waterfront access. Submissions should grapple with the intersection between culture and water, highlighting it's most pertinent physical manifestations." The Van Der Plas gallery has been a conduit for contemporary outsider artists for over 40 years.
Posted : 2017-03-11