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The Tout-Monde Festival invites artists and curators to submit their proposals for a collective visual arts exhibition, installation or performance program of the third edition of the Tout-Monde Festival, which will take place on March 5 – 8, 2020 in several cultural venues in Miami. The theme of this 3rd edition is CONTINENTUM (see thematic note below and attached).

  • Deadlines for submission:

– July 2, 2019 for ARTISTS
– July 31, 2019 for CURATORS

Applications submitted by artists by July 2nd will be shared with the curatorial committee and interested curators, unless otherwise notified by the artists and curators in the application form.

Applications can be supported and presented by institutions or organizations representing the curator or artist. In this case, selected projects will be presented as co-productions.

Applications must be sent as specified to toutmondefestival.applications@gmail.com

  • Thematic note:

The third edition of the Tout-Monde Festival will be titled CONTINENTUM. The theme seems to be a priori opposed to the idea of ​​the Caribbean, more often associated with an insular or archipelagic space, and composed of diverse mixed or creolized identities. The title also seems to contradict the father of the Tout-Monde, Édouard Glissant, Martinican poet, author and philosopher (1928-2011), referred to as the “thinker of the archipelagos”[1]. Glissant himself claimed, when crossing the Atlantic on a liner, that he was “not an Atlantist, nor a continental”[2]. For Glissant, the Caribbean archipelago represents the crossing, the opening to the ocean, to others, to the world, while the continents are “masses of intolerance quickly turned towards one Truth”[3]. The title CONTINENTUM finally suggests the Latin authority of a “Roman peace imposed by the force of (…) an all-powerful, totalitarian, caring Empire”[4].

Yet the archipelagic Caribbean cannot be thought without the continent, and the continent cannot breathe without the archipelic thought. Indeed, beyond the geological continuity between insularity and continent, the Caribbean is also the result of a historic encounter between three continents, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Centuries of continental domination have led Glissant to call for an “archipelization” and others for a “decontinentalization” of the world. These calls allow us to take a new look at the Caribbean, in its combined formation, insular and continental, possibly promoting the emergence of a new continent, the Caribbean continent: the CONTINENTUM.

CONTINENTUM invites us to examine how contemporary Caribbean art explores the relationship between Caribbean islands and continents, not only the continental Caribbean and the Americas, but also Europe, Africa and beyond: do artistic expressions reflect a sense of belonging to one another, or rather of continuity? How do artists perceive each other on both sides? How do they strive to respond to Edouard Glissant’s call for an “archipelization” of the world, to become one, and to give form and voice to a new emerging Caribbean continent? Artists and curators wishing to submit projects for the Tout-Monde Festival 2020 are invited to examine these questions and to imagine the CONTINENTUM, as utopia or close reality. A background note (cf. detailed call for applications) gives further details about the thematic and some related concepts.

[1]Aliocha Wald Ladowski, Edouard Glissant, penseur des archipels, Edition Pocket, 2015

[2]Mantia Diawara, Conversation with Edouard Glissant aboard the Queen Mary II, 2009

[3]Edouard Glissant, Poétique IV, Traité du Tout-Monde, Edition Gallimard, 1997