Call for Contributions: We Won't Look Down Exhibition

deadline for submissions: 
April 5, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Boston College




«Angles, margins, edges, lines . . . don’t we often find ourselves exploring some version of “outside?”»[1]


In times of uttermost hardship and darkness, art and poetry become a means to express for many artists. Since the era marked by Stonewall in 1969, many queer artists and allies have used art and poetry to represent themselves, their voices, and their lives; however, it has also been a way to react, resist and respond to systemic forms of violence and violation felt by the LGBTIQA+ communities. Verses turn silence into voice, and in poetry, those who remain hidden become visible through their artistic creations. As artists from Turkey, through the revolutionary power of art and poetry, we would like to demonstrate our solidarity with LGBTIQA+ people in Turkey; the struggles the queer community in Turkey faces pass beyond Istanbul’s borders and this virtual event is intended to support their fight for equality and freedom.


We invite contributors from all around the world who define themselves as artists and/or poets for virtual art and poetry exhibition named, We Won’t Look Down. Artists that have something to say about the ongoing struggles of people and those who wish to cross the boundaries and borders are invited to honor the cause and fight of LGBTIQA+ for equality and freedom. While our main cause and aim are to demonstrate our support for the current struggle in Turkey and to celebrate the cause of LGBTIQA+ people in Turkey as a way to advocate for equality and diversity, we welcome contributions that touch upon the fight of queer people globally. We welcome all types of poetic genres and styles (such as classical, free verse, prose-poetry, and many more). There is no strict word limit for the works and art forms (performance art, visual art etc.) that include poetry will be much appreciated. We are looking forward to receiving submissions from artists, scholars in different stages of their careers, students, and those who are interested in creative and intellectual expression.


Those who wish to contribute should send their completed works, brief bio, and optionally a personal photograph to by April 5, 2021.

[1] Christopher Hennessy in Outside the Lines