Deep South by Suroeste (DSXSO) is seeking original artwork by Black and Latinx artists for a juried group art exhibition at Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans, LA.

"Complexion Reflections" the 4th installment of Deep South by Suroeste explores the changing complexion of Black and Latinx solidarity in Louisiana and beyond. The exhibition will highlight the creative work and advocacy of individuals, organizations, and communities that are building Black and Latinx power through common struggle and unity - with the goal of inspiring others to do the same. 

New Orleans based applicants will be afforded an opportunity to create a Sanctuary space to further the collaborative aims of DSXSO. This site-specific group installation will serve as a focal point for Black and Latinx reflection, inspiration, and healing.  

In choosing to use the word Sanctuary with all of its attendant spiritual, cultural and political layers of meaning, this exhibition seeks to place two oppressed groups with both different and unique, as well as shared histories into conversation with one another. In the context of the present-day xenophobia and militarized border violence that has been unleashed upon Latinx communities, Sanctuary is a place where families and individuals can move freely without fear of arrest, detention and deportation. And in the context of the present-day abolition movement, Sanctuary is a place where Black Lives Matter, and Black people are able to live free from systems of surveillance, police violence and mass incarceration. 

What do the knowledge, wisdom and lived experiences of these targeted and oppressed groups have to offer one another? What are the intellectual, artistic and political histories that can guide our actions in the 21st century? This exhibition asks how we might begin to envision  and enact new relationships and new political possibilities by opening up space for dialogue and reflection. Through the process of building a collaborative installation, the artists must create not only new social practice, but also new visual language to animate a sense of collective healing, respite, rejuvenation, fortification, safety, and ultimately, Sanctuary. Because, as visual artist Lilla Watson has so eloquently stated: “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."

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  • ART Submissions must include an artist photo, short bio, high-resolution photo(s) of your artwork, and a description - including the title, size, medium, and the year the artwork was created. Artwork created before 2018 should not be submitted for consideration.
  • SHORT FILM Submissions must include your short bio, a synopsis of your film, and a web link to preview the film. Films created before 2018 should not be submitted for consideration.

Important Dates:
Deadline for submissions, March 20th at 11:59pm (CST)
Acceptance notification, March 27th
Deadline for artwork delivery, April 17th
Gallery opening and reception: May 1st
Exhibition closing, June 12th
Artwork pickup and return shipping, June 15th

Deep South by Suroeste: Complexion Reflections is made possible with support from Stella Jones Gallery, The Color BLOC, and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation. Black and Latinx artists living in New Orleans, LA are encouraged to apply.

  • Stella Jones Gallery is a regional venue for artists of the African diaspora to exhibit superior works of art. The gallery is an important site of both cultural and economic development in the local, national, and international arts community. The gallery fulfills its educational goals through lectures, panel discussions, intimate gallery talks and exhibitions.
  • The Color BLOC nurtures and empowers a rising generation of creatives by providing a platform for information and resource-sharing amongst artists and arts professionals of color in the Greater New Orleans area.
  • The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation promotes, preserves, perpetuates and encourages the music, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.

Deep South by Suroeste works to connect, support, and promote Black and Latinx artists in New Orleans, Louisiana and beyond. DSXSO is an initiative of Charitable Film Network, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

For more information contact mail@charitablefilmnetwork.org or follow DSXSO on Facebook @DeepSouthBySuroeste or Twitter @dsxso.

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