Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
08. 06 2016
Artist Call – Nowhere to Run

Artist Call – Nowhere to run, Climate Refugees.

Baksun Books and Arts for social and environmental justice.



Baksun Books & Arts is seeking works on paper for a scholarly art book/portfolio and eventual traveling exhibition, Nowhere to Run: Climate Refugees, that will look at the displacement of individuals and communities from their lands thanks to climate change, environmental degradation and/or ecological abuses that can inevitably lead to dislocation.


We seek international artist interpretations of the experiences of those who are forced to flee their homelands because of flood, drought, storm, rising sea levels, deforestation or agricultural uncertainty, mining, fracking, dams, tar sands, “post-colonial” colonization and other violations throughout the planet. And we seek works by artists that also describe the power, agency, spiritual strength, actions and alliances of those affected.


Between 50 and 75 images will be chosen from artists worldwide. Whether prints, photographs, drawings, paintings, or other forms, work for exhibition must be on paper, no larger than 16″x20″ and unframed, unmated (art will be hung with clips or magnets). All images must be submitted as JPEGs at 300 dpi or higher.


For the exhibition, a limited number of video artworks will also be considered. DVDs must be compatible with broadcast formats used in the United States.


Please submit entries by JPEG attachment to Jennifer Heath,  Include a short bio and an artist statement related to the work – who, what, where, when, how. DVD submissions may be posted on Vimeo.


Subject heading for all correspondence should be “RUN.”

Deadline: July 15, 2016.



Nowhere to Run: Climate Refugees is funded in part by Puffin Foundation, Ltd. 



Baksun Books & Arts was founded by Jennifer Heath in 1992 as a small press and independent curatorial project, dedicated to de-commodifying the word and to creating visual arts exhibitions that address issues of social and environmental justice. Baksun’s traveling exhibitions include, among others, Black Velvet: The Art We Love to Hate; The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces,, and Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource,!/WaterWaterEverywherePaeanToAVanishingResource. Baksun’s most recent “locavore” exhibition, Resurrections: ECO-logy & ECO-nomy, can be seen on Vimeo, ; Heath is the author/editor of eleven books, including SuperColón: Admiral of the Ocean Sea (illustrated by Kristine Smock); On the Edge of Dream: The Women of Celtic Myth and Legend (Penguin, 1998), The Scimitar and the Veil: Extraordinary Women of Islam (Paulist Press, 2004), The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and Politics (University of California Press, 2008), Land of the Unconquerable: The Contemporary Lives of Afghan Women (with Ashraf Zahedi, University of California Press, 2011), Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace (with Ashraf Zahedi, University of Texas Press, forthcoming), and El Repelente (Or the Anti-Nuke Antics of Anabela).