Call for Submissions – Positionality: A Symposium on Latin American and Latinx art in Canada


Submission Deadline: March 10th, 2022
Symposium Dates: 21-24 April, 2022

Latin American Art Projects (LACAP) and Sur Gallery invite artists, activists, curators, scholars, and arts administrators to participate in Positionality: A Symposium on Latin American and Latinx art in Canada. This symposium will take place online with the potential of in-person events at Sur Gallery pending restrictions. We are seeking artistic and scholarly activities, presentations, and outcomes based on how differences in social, political, gender, racial, and other forms of exclusion, shape identities and access to power. Submissions may explore but are not limited to the following conference themes:

  • The Power of Advocacy and Collectivity
  • Questioning Mestizaje
  • Intersectional Queer and Feminist Identities
  • Decolonizing Practices

About the Symposium:
The symposium seeks to address the systemic barriers faced by the Latinx community in Canada and will identify common grounds from where to begin an analysis, with the intention to develop strategies of resistance, build networks of solidarity and exchange, improve the livelihood of art practitioners, and grant opportunities for an underrepresented community.

The symposium will be a 4-day gathering of a range of voices concerned with Latinx art in Canada. Our intention is to build community, valuable contacts, and long-lasting networks. During the symposium we will also offer opportunities to engage with artists as they conduct live workshops and artists talks, developing new skill and expanding perceptions of what Latinx art in Canada entails.

All events will be free and open to the public.

Submission Process:
Involvement in the symposium may be in a variety of different media forms including visual and literary art, film, performance, presentation, or workshop. In order to be considered applicants are asked to submit a proposal for what they wish to present. Proposals should be 250-500 words long, include an estimate of run-time, and indicate which category they wish to be considered for (below):

Artist Talk: A presentation of your work as a visual artist, practitioner, performer, curator, etc.

Short Film and Video: screening of a short film, or video, or other audio-visual material. The screening may be followed by a Q&A with moderators and audience members. Films must be no longer than 60minutes in run time if Q&A is desired.

Performance or Performance-Lecture: Live or pre-recorded performances or presentations. These may be followed by a Q&A with moderators and audience members.

Papers: presentation of academic and/or scholarly work. We welcome submissions from independent researchers and those unaffiliated with formal education institutions. We encourage presenters to deliver talks that are accessible to a broad audience.

Workshops: Interactive sessions that involve teaching, learning, and exchange between the Workshop Facilitator(s) and participants. In your submission, please indicate how the workshop will be facilitated. Workshops will be allotted maximum one hour of time: please indicate if you expect to require less time. In addition, you must indicate the format of the workshop (online or in-person). You must outline how you would implement an in-person workshop if the opportunity presented.

Paper abstracts and other presentation proposals should be submitted via this form.

There is no cost to apply. Successful applicants will be notified no later than April 1st, 2022.


Sur Gallery is Toronto’s first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American and Latinx art and is a project of LACAP.

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Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and The City of Toronto through section 37.

Cite this blog post
lbader (2022, February 18). Call for Submissions – Positionality: A Symposium on Latin American and Latinx art in Canada. Transregional Latin America Network. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from

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