“INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS exploring current (or ancient) debates on politics, economics, society and culture in Greece and the diaspora for “DEEP TRASH: GREEK TRASH” at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London (23 April 2016)”

CUNTemporary is now accepting proposals for a new episode of “Deep Trash”, the unique exhibition and performance club night in London.

Calling for performances, videos and artworks to be shown on Saturday 23 April 2016. We accept proposals by artists of any artistic background and nationality. We are also keen to hear from writers responding to the call either in written form (theory, auto/biography, poetry, cross-genre, fiction) or through a performative lecture.

This call looks at current (or ancient) debates on politics, economics, society and culture in Greece and the diaspora. We are especially interested in work that employs queer and/or feminist discourses or frameworks of gender and sexuality.

This event’s applications may include, respond to, be affected by, but not restricted to:

• Greek philosophy and its relation to homosexuality
• Life narratives of trans and intersex identities in Greece, Cyprus and the diaspora
• Re-appropriations of Greek contemporary pop culture and traditions
• Subversive rhythms: from rembetika to ‘reggetika’ and other explorations of traditional Greek music and dance
• Critiques of gender stereotyping, sexism, religious fundamentalism and patriarchy in society and culture
• Greek food and vegan resistance
• How the Greek economic crisis has created a Greek environmental crisis
• Feminist and queer movements and sub-cultures in Greek societies
• Tackling austerity through economies of affect and counterculture
• ‘Selling Greece’: sexual readings of exploitative European economies
• Volunteering and invisible labour as a response to the migrant and the economic crisis
• Ultranationalism, racism and xenophobia in Greece: queer, feminist and postcolonial responses and movements against neo-nazi politics.
• The Queerness of Greek mythology: hybrid creatures and metamorphoses in cultural and aesthetic depictions
• Re-appropriating Greek myths, taboos and superstitions from ancient Greece to the present.
• Borders, binaries and conflicts: actions beyond the equality agenda
• Turkish-Cypriot alliances, dialogues and collaborations
• Post-colonial and feminist responses to human trafficking in Greece and Cyprus
• Feminist responses to the rise of prostitution and pornography in the Greek and Cyprus context following the economic crisis

To apply, please email info@cuntemporary.org with the heading “Deep Trash Application Greek Trash” by Thursday 28 January 2016. Please include the following information:

1) Name and Surname
2) Place of Birth (City and Country)
3) Place of Residency (City and Country)
4) Telephone number
5) A written proposal (No more than 500 words) and, if available, images of the work
6) Website of the artist/collective or portfolio
7) Up to 5 high res images with credits (For press use)

All your data is confidential and is only used for the purposes of this open call.
We will aim to respond to all applications as soon as possible. Selected artists will be notified by mid February.


During a time when public and private spaces are narrowing their ability to accommodate the concerns and lives of non-normative and non-binary subjects, events such as Deep Trash are crucial in bringing together a community of people interested in the themes of sexuality, gender, creativity and politics, with an intersectional and transnational approach.


• Deep Trash is the only regular exhibition-cum-performance-club-night promoting queer and feminist arts from all disciplines taking place in London.
• Deep Trash remains a fundraiser night for the activities of CUNTemporary and Archivio Queer Italia. Nevertheless, we ensure that artistic expenses are covered.
• Deep Trash launches a specific open call before each event for a fairer artistic participation and selection. The works and artists accepted will be consistent with the intersections of feminist-queer practice.
• Deep Trash adopts an inclusive political stance, with zero tolerance for discrimination of any sort.
• Deep Trash aims at showcasing the work of both emerging and established practitioners in order to create an intersectional, intergenerational and transcultural dialogue.
• Deep Trash is especially committed to promoting performance art in order to encourage and strengthen research within current artistic discourses.
• Deep Trash provides a safe space where works of a difficult and challenging nature can be presented, documented, discussed, enjoyed and reviewed.
• Deep Trash understands sex as an inextricable part of what we do, who we are and where we come from. We support art and politics which are organized around sex. That is, the deprivatization of sex, the decriminalization of sex work, visible non-normative sexualities and non-binary gender identities, the end of sexual violence and the promotion of consensual sexual practices.
• Deep Trash insists that as artists and audiences, we need more safe and inclusive spaces where people can come together to create, share, experience, discuss, be affected, be flirted, stimulated, challenged and most importantly, EMPOWERED.

For more information on DEEP TRASH please visit: www.facebook.com/DeepTrashClub/

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