OPEN CALL – And what art can do about it?

OPEN CALL – And what art can do about it?

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Deadline for application: 30.09.2022
Period: 7.10 - 15.11.2022

The project 'And what art can do about it?' questions a recurring theme in contemporary society, namely the relationship between art and eco-socio-political crises. At the invitation of the WASP space, which in 2022 celebrates 10 years of activity, curator Anca Rujoiu and artist Irina Botea Bucan, join an investigation and analysis of the proposed theme, together with curator Andreea Capitanescu.

The solidarity of the international community in the crisis of the war in Ukraine and the eco-climatic crisis that was born in the wake of this disaster is perhaps unprecedented, therefore making us think about this project. The proximity of the aggression and the impact of the media - which broadcasts non-stop information and images from the scene - completely captured our attention and everyone tried to help unconditionally. The effects of the war will be long-lasting and will leave a legacy that will be hard to overcome.

But social crises, military conflicts and political repression have always occurred in different corners of the world. In order to better understand and discover how these crises have been and are being managed by artists, curators and theorists, we set out to develop a project that would offer through dialogue and creative space, exhibition opportunities and new collaborations between artists from Romania and other European and global territories.

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The project includes the development of a creative process in a laboratory format (7.10 - 15.11.2022) coordinated by the artist Irina Botea, where the 8 selected artists will participate in a discursive platform mentored by the curator Anca Rujoiu. During the development period there will be: 5 lectures, 2 workshops and 1 artist presentation.

The project will be finalised with a group exhibition at WASP Working Art Space and Production.

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In order to apply the candidates should provide the following documents in English:

  • resume / CV
  • O scurtă prezentare a conceptului artistic pe care îl propun spre a fi dezvoltat în cadrul proiectului, inclusiv detalii tehnice (dacă este cazul).
  • portofoliu complet / alte materiale relevante aplicației de Open Call (format A4, PDF, nu mai mult de 10 Mb; lucrări video sau documentație în format AVI, WMV sau QuickTime ar trebui să fie de până la 500 mb în total). Vă rugăm să furnizați un link pentru descărcare utilizând servicii de transfer gratuite precum sau

All materials should be sent to:, until 05.10.2022, 00:00


  • Based on the contract the artists will receive fees and the production costs will be provided for new work developed in the laboratory.
  • The organisers reserve the right to make changes to event dates


Producer: WASP Studios
Co-producer: 4 Culture Association

Project co-financed by the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB within the Affective Bucharest Program 2022. For detailed information about the financing program of the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB, you can access .

The cultural project is co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN). It does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Revista Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Feeder, IQads, România Pozitivă