Nitrianska galéria / Nitra Gallery - Nitra, Slovakia

CALL FOR ARTWORKS: Faces of Freedom




Duration of the exhibition:
13 September – 24 November 2019

Entry form, information and guidelines available at:

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain, the Nitra Gallery in Slovakia is looking for artworks dealing with the topic of freedom by artists from the former Eastern Bloc (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, eventually Albania and East Germany). People from these countries share similar experiences: the long-ruling authoritarian regime, the euphoric arrival of freedom in 1989 and the subsequent transformation period of the 1990s, when many considered freedom superior to any and all laws.

The project’s objective is to showcase how contemporary artists reflect upon the theme of freedom, or the lack of it. Freedom comes in various forms: freedom of the individual, society, speech, thought, religion, sexual orientation, movement, art, etc. What does it mean to us? What do we do when it is exploited? Where does the freedom of speech end in today’s world full of conspiracies, hoaxes and fake news?

Artworks selected from the open call will be presented either in the premises of an art museum (Nitra Gallery) or in various public spaces of the Nitra city. There is no specification for the type, technique or format of the submitted artworks, allowing also for happenings and performances. Both new and existing artworks are eligible. The exhibition is a central part of the accompanying program of the 28th International Theatre Festival Divadelná Nitra, with which it shares the main theme: The Faces of Freedom.

Due to a limited budget, we prefer artworks with less demanding spatial, technical, production and transportation demands. The freedom and power of art is namely not rooted in its size, effect and cost, but in its depth…


Nitrianska galéria / Nitra Gallery
Nitra, Slovakia