Charles Baudelaire may have been the first to conceive of a new aesthetic based on life in the modern city. Specifically, he refers to the city in the passionate tone of a man who leaps into a pleasure pit that is likely to lead him to perdition. But his perception of the city is emotional and introspective, the result of seeing its impact on us and the changes within us caused by external events.
As Marshall Berman said, Baudelaire did not allow himself to be swept away by the force of the modern city, as happened to Le Corbusier. Rather than dissolving his own individuality in the service of improving reason and technique, Baudelaire observed, assimilated and transformed his environment to suit himself.
In the course of history, New York City has become a symbol unto itself. We could list dozens of artists for whom the city, beyond being an inspiration, has changed their aesthetic perceptions, their language and even their perspective on life. Following industrialization and World War I, New York emerged as the big city, becoming an international symbol and giving rise to Modernist avant-gardes in the various art spheres.
Immigrant artists such as Joaquín Torres García embraced New York, which appeared in their work as the big city. However, like Torres García, Federico García Lorca and many other creative souls down to this day have had a love/hate relationship with the Big Apple, an awareness of its role in hope and misfortune, in opportunity and failure. While many are still dazzled by its greatness, like Baudelaire before them, they observe how the city consumes them, enfolds them and mercilessly swallows them the moment they allow its excesses to distract them. This is why big-city artists must maintain a constant vigilance about their identity, their values and their feelings.
New York is our own big city, where millions of immigrants have become the driving force behind its functionality. Together, our lives generate a perspective different from the ones we are each experiencing separately; there is an infinite amalgam of emotions and points of view from which each of us creates our own vision. Today we would like to show you some of these visions through one medium, photography.
“NYCity Visions” is an exhibition project whose second event is focused on photography. Its discourse invites photographers to capture whatever it is around them that shows their concerns, tastes and the mutation of their cultural origins, but first and foremost, their feelings about the big city.
NYCity Visions seeks to show a range of work by a group of artists whose lenses reflect their Latin American origins, presenting their dialogue with this different city, New York. The participating artists include some who were born here and raised in homes with strong Latin American ties; others have been living here for 20 years, while a few are newcomers, here for just a few years. What they all have in common is that they have transplanted their tastes, their roots and their customs along with their conflicts and mixed them with new customs, a new culture and a new language. From these elements has arisen a new generation of creators that we are bringing together today under one theme, in one space and as a part of one big project.
NYCity Visions is the city as perceived by these creative photographers.
The main and only theme must be the artist’s relationship with New York City.
Participants will have complete freedom in terms of the characteristics of the image and the technique (for example: digital, analog, digital manipulations).
The image size of all works must be 12 x 12 inches. No other format will be accepted.
Participants must be at least 18 years old and of Latin American origin, and they must have lived in New York City for at least two years.
Participation is by invitation only.
NYCity Visions II is not a competition.
Submission and Participation
A- Each artist must submit a minimum of two and a maximum of five photographs in JPEG format. A good resolution is recommended and a file size from 1 to 5 MB (Megabytes); all files must be at least 720 KB and no larger than 5 MB (per individual photograph). Only digital images will be accepted, accompanied by the artist’s résumé, an artist’s statement related to this exhibition, plus general information: full name, artist name (if different), address and phone number. Submit materials by April 15, 2017, to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. No submissions will be accepted after that date.
B- The evaluation committee will select two images for the event and the artists will be notified within two weeks after the submission closing date.
C- Participation must be confirmed by the artist one week after notification, and each artist selected must pay a $25 fee for handling the work and mounting the show.
D- Finished prints of the photographs selected must be delivered by May 15, 2017, at the JVS Project Space, (176 East 106th Street, 4th Floor) with prior appointment/ arrangement confirmed by telephone or email.
All works must be delivered flat, with surfaces protected, unmounted and without framing. All photographers will maintain full rights over the works. Participation in the event will authorize the studio to use any image for promoting and circulating information about NYCity Visions, not to include any commercial use of any image. The works selected will be shown in the rooms of the JVS Project Space, and there are plans to send this exhibition on to other spaces and cities. Further information in this regard will be provided as soon as we have confirmation of the other sites.
E- Each artist must state whether or not the work shown is for sale (along with the related price), and the JVS Project Space will retain 30% of the sale price as commission for any works sold during the exhibition.
F- JVS Project Space will protect your work from loss or damage to the extent possible but is not liable for any loss or damage that may occur.
April 15, 2017
Deadline for submitting images for selection
April 30, 2017
Date by which notification will be sent to participants selected
May 7, 2017
Deadline for confirmation of participation by artists selected
May 15, 2017
Deadline for delivery of photos for exhibition
Deadline for delivering $25 fee
May 21, 2017
Opening of exhibition in the rooms of the JVS Project Space