Call For Artists

CRIMINALES TODOS is a travelling community art exhibit aiming to inspire an ongoing dialogue and examination of the social, political and cultural issues related to the criminalization of communities of color. From post-Civil War vagrancy laws targeting newly freed African Americans in the South, to police rounding up Japanese Americans and sending them to internment camps during WWII, to SB1070 targeting Latinos in Arizona; the history of police targeting communities of color has deep roots in American history.

Criminales Todos
A Community Art Exhibit
December 10th -17th, 2010
Opening Reception: Dec. 10, 2010
Launch Pad Gallery: 534 SE Oak Street, Portland, OR 97214
Submissions Deadline: Dec. 1, 2010

In times of increased police surveillance, tightened border control and the implementation of anti-immigrant and racist laws across the country, we encourage artists to engage in a conversation about the devastating repercussions of policing and the militarization in our local communities.

Artists of all backgrounds are invited. Our aim is to create a space for conversation against the long standing practices of repression, and the impact of unjust and discriminatory practices. The exhibit is a platform from which to explore the marginalization of communities of color, and how to build solidarity and resistance to discrimination and oppression. Please join us.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:
- Effects of local enforcement programs in our local communities.
- Personal and/or collective experiences with detention and deportation systems.
- Racial profiling and institutionalized racism.
- Intersection of criminalization of resident communities of color and newly arrived immigrants.
- Anti-immigrant sentiment.
- Historical and contemporary forms of popular resistance to human rights abuses.


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