Center Stage announces the winners of the first international open call for LGBTQIA+ artists

In August 2020, an international non-profit project dedicated to support LGBTQIA+ artists and curators was announced. The first initiative of the project was an open call for artists held in the following categories: a nomination for artists in early career stage (with no age limit) and a «Zine»‎ category. The jurors decided to cancel the third category, «Project»‎.

For category «Artists in early career stage», Center Stage received 75 applications from artists from 21 countries, including Pakistan, South Africa, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, China, Russia, the United States, and others.
The international expert jury along with Antonio Sergio Bessa (The Bronx Museum of the Arts), Lee Pivnik (The Institute of Queer Ecology), Chris Bogia (Fire Island Artist Residency), Anastasiia Fedorova (Russian.Queer.Revolution), Alexander Burenkov (Cosmoscow Foundation), E-J Scott (Museum of Transology) and Sergey Guschin (Fragment gallery) selected the shortlist of artists.

The winners of the «Artists in early career stage»‎ category:
Dew Kim (South Korea)
Man Ting Vanessa Lam (Hong Kong, China)
David Leal (Portugal / Great Britain)
Antonia Luxem (Great Britain)
Matteo Rosa (Italy / Sweden)
Pasha (Russia)

Works of shortlisted artists will be presented in Moscow in the 2020/2021 season in different types of projects discussed with all winners individually. In 2022, there will be a group exhibition in New York, and one of the finalists will get a grant for participation in artistic residency in New York in 2022 (a decision on who is going will be made later).

The winners of «Zine»‎ category were selected by the team of a Russian queer magazine, O-zine. A total of 10 applications from four different countries — Russia, Great Britain, Singapore, and Mexico — entered this category.

The winner of the «Zine»‎ category:
Nelson Morales (Mexico)

The zine will be published till October 2021.

«Open call grabbed the artists' attention from all over the world, and not just from the United States and Europe; the geography of the project turned out to be really extensive. Of course, we expected more applications from Russia, but there weren't that many, which is quite understandable. Aggressive state policy towards LGBTQ+, the law on ' gay propaganda' prevents many artists from openly participating in the project, and the only Russian winner has to act anonymously», — shared the initiative's organisers.
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