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We are inviting artists to propose their artistic projects for the upcoming issue of the ETC. Magazine titled Selling Out!

ETC. is an annual showcase magazine dedicated to presenting current artistic production from the Baltics to the Balkan. The most comprehensive section of the magazine is the Portfolio Showcase, presenting selected artworks and projects in detail and is based on the portfolio format, consisting of a visual presentation and short descriptions of individual projects. The projects for the Portfolio Showcase section will be chosen and curated by the magazine’s curators (Ajda Ana Kocutar and Lara Mejač) and this issue’s guest curator Tīna Pētersone.

The third issue of ETC. magazine dedicates its pages to the grind, the hustle, the hard workers and the hardly working. Under the title Selling Out, it deals with our current conditions of wage labour, precarious forms of employment, self-actualisation through work and the ever-present struggle to get that bread. Is living for work a neoliberal delusion or a triumph of capitalism? Can we truly reclaim our time and if so, where do we begin? How does our state of constant emergency manifest itself and who profits? Can art address these issues or does it perpetuate the cycle of exploitation? Is exhaustion the new normal and have we accepted self-medicating as a coping mechanism? Are we burning out or quiet quitting? Is unemployment a mode of rebellion and is there relief in boredom? Does creating a personal brand liberate or enslave – and is TikTok the new corpo? Is freelancing really “free” or should we rethink the word? Is there such a thing as having too many jobs? And why did Kim Kardashian say “It seems like nobody wants to work these days”? For this issue, we’re testing theories behind modes of working and not-working, asking whether being chronically overworked and underpaid is a point of no return or a call to action and whether selling out means beating the system or becoming its agent.

If you think your artistic project or work would fit the topic, send us your project proposal to: curators@etcmagazine.art

Deadline: 30 August 2023

Who can apply: 
  • emerging artists
  • based anywhere between the Baltics and the Balkans
  • haven’t had major publishing deals, major exhibitions or retrospectives yet
  • are applying an existing project

What selected artists receive: 

  • an existing project published in the third issue of the ETC. Magazine
  • invitation to exhibit your work in ETC. exhibition projects 
  • presentations and visibility on our digital platforms

What the application should include:
  • contact information

  • description of the project
    The text length should be 1000 - 2000 characters with spaces. In case it was written by another writer they should be signed with their full name underneath. The text should be submitted in MS Word format (.doc or .docx). In case your project was financed by a grant you should include a short disclaimer.

  • short bio of the artist and author of the text (if different from the artist)
    The text length should be up to 500 characters with spaces. The text should be submitted in MS Word format (.doc or .docx).

  • high-res images of the project (300dpi)
    Images should include details of the artwork and/or artwork installation. The minimum submission is 8 images. Images should be named as follows: Name and surname of the artist_ title_year_name and surname of the photographer (if different from the artist). Multimedia (video, sound, etc.) can also be published online alongside the article.

  • portfolio / web page / instagram