Poppositions was established in 2012 as a counterpoint to mainstream art fairs, and has grown as the leading fair offering an alternative market for contemporary art. For the third edition in a row, Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (The Office for Curating, NL) is the artistic director. The 8th edition of Poppositions coincides with the Art Brussels week from April 25–28th, 2019.
This edition of Poppositions will revolve around the term “woke” and how its mainstream popularity and increasing application intersects with corporate and capitalist structures. The idea of being woke and wokeness concerns raising social awareness, taking actions in response to dominant paradigms, acknowledging one’s privileges towards understanding the struggles of others, and giving space to social bodies that have been silenced, unacknowledged and underrepresented. With the forthcoming edition of Poppositions we want to think collectively about what responses and forms of resistance can be formulated when ideologies have become trendy and woke-washing brands cash in on social justice.
Poppositions welcomes submissions from any kind of contemporary art initiative: commercial galleries, collectives, artist-run spaces, curatorial platforms or not-for-profit organisations. Participants must seek original ways to distribute or disseminate contemporary art. Applicants need to rely on already existing organisations that are not created for the sole purpose of Poppositions. The fair does not work directly with artists.
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2018