The Instituto Tamulipeco para la Cultura y las Artes, in collaboration with the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes of Mexico, calls on emerging visual artists and curators, both Mexican and foreign, to participate in the 1st Biennial of the Frontiers.

1st Biennial of the Frontiers


Director: Libertad García Cabriales
Executive Director and Chief Curator: Othón Castañeda

Deadline for emerging curators:
August 22, 2014

Deadline for emerging artists:
September 22, 2014

Participation is open to any Mexican or foreign visual artist, curator or group of artists of legal age in accordance with the legislation in force in their countries of origin or residence, contingent upon residency certification.

Through the modality of invitation, participation is also open to up to one visual artist by express invitation from each one of the members of the Selection Committee, being eligible to compete specifically for one of the prizes awarding the smaller prize.

 Each emerging curator will be entitled to submit for the consideration of the Selection Committee a curatorial project containing a minimum of three and maximum of eight works in any of the formats described in the open call. Each emerging artist will be entitled to submit for the consideration of the Selection Committee a minimum of three and maximum of eight works in any of the following formats:

a)   Two-dimensional: Individual format; the artwork must not exceed 150 centimeters by 280 centimeters on any of its sides. Videos must not exceed a maximum duration of 15 minutes of effective exposure.

b)   Three-dimensional: The artwork must not exceed 200 centimeters on any side, and its weight must not exceed 250 kilograms.

  The works submitted for consideration must be composed of materials and elements that allow their future assembly. Under no circumstances will works of an ephemeral nature or containing elements that might put people or the premises at risk be accepted. All works must be ready to be exhibited in the event of their being selected. Any work that does not comply with the aforementioned specifications will be disqualified.

  The Biennial of the Frontiers will only accept original works belonging to the author and produced as of 2010 that have never been exhibited before, physically or virtually, or that have been submitted for consideration in other contests. Replicas of earlier works are not acceptable.

  The guiding concept of the Biennial will be BORDERS

The notion of edges resides in linear elements, like boundaries between phases. The edge is rupture and union, structure and sign. Edges are both signs and lines that constrain spaces. They are articulations that relate and link together two or more fields; they are features that organize the space; they are reference and sign. Edges are, however, consistent and penetrable. They redefine themselves; they broaden their influence; they move; they construct and reconstruct themselves; they dissolve, they disappear; they are finite.

The border and delimitation that determines a unit, the physical boundary or the virtual transition, is the edge. This border, which can be described geometrically, has its correspondence, at the same time, in ideas and concepts, in the sphere of the material, in the imagination or in fiction. It is both a geometric and a social convention.

The border is, therefore, a geographic concept, an epistemic reference and a social convention that is open to interpretation, analysis or experimentation in the context of the Biennial of the Frontiers.

  Applicants should register and submit the pertinent information through the website www.biennalofthefrontiers.org; the deadline for the emerging curators is Aug. 22, 2014, at 11 p.m., Mexico Time; GMT, 6 p.m. The deadline for the emerging artists is Sep. 22, 2014, at 11 p.m., Mexico Time; GMT, 6 p.m. Participants are advised to submit information in such a way that it may be captured in a single session, thus ensuring complete data reception.

The application forms you find here.