Open Calls

Òlàjú works in collaboration with art professionals on various projects. This page is dedicated to featuring opportunities as they become available.


Call for Proposals:

Perspectives from Within

Group Photography Exhibition

Deadline: September 1, 2020

We are pleased to announce that proposals for participation in the next edition of our group photography exhibition series titled, Perspectives from Within (PFW), are now being accepted. PFW was established in 2016 as a platform for exhibiting works by an emergent generation of artists living and working on the African continent.

Photographs by Daniel Obasi featured in the Perspectives from Within II exhibition (2018)

Exhibition Concept

Images of Africa in the 21st century come with numerous stereotypes, either propagated by the media or from lack of information about African history and cultures. On one hand, Africa is typically depicted as a dark continent plagued with starvation, wars, scammers, and hopelessness. On the other hand, some simply have ‘Afrobeats’ or ‘Wakanda’ as the extent of their African knowledge. While this set of topics are worthy of attention, a narrow focus on such tropes have become foundational blocks for modern day ignorance, hatred, and racist attacks. Our aim with PFW is to push discussions on African cultures forward by presenting work that addresses a range of topics in ways that might help viewers better understand and appreciate the vastness of our continent.

This third edition of the PFW exhibition seeks to counter stereotypical narratives of the continent by exploring and celebrating Africa as told from insider perspectives. Selected artists will be expected to expand on critical questions such as: what shapes our visual narrative? what influences our lifestyles? and what are the unifying experiences that bind us as humans? We would be delighted to accept bodies of work that provide thought-provoking insight into such spheres of African life across the continent.

Exhibition Details

  • A $250 USD stipend will be awarded to each selected artist
  • The exhibition will be installed for one day at the Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex in San Antonio, TX in association with our annual African Market Festival
  • A limited edition set of selected images will be printed as part of a print sale
  • A page on our website will be dedicated to the exhibition
  • An official exhibition book will be published by Òlàjú

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a photographer based in an African country
  • In possession of a completed body of work available for exhibition
  • Agree to exhibition terms and conditions
  • Submit all application materials by the deadline

Submission Process & Timeline

  • The submission system will be open from July 24th – September 1, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to all applicants no later than September 15, 2020
  • Exhibition opening on January 23, 2021

Application Materials

  • Artist statement that describes your background and practice to date with special attention to how your proposed work aligns with the PFW exhibition concept.
  • URL links to artist website and proposed body of work

Application Form

The application can be submitted via the form here: PFW Open Call Application Form

We are looking forward to receiving all applications. For additional inquiries, contact exhibitions@olaju.org





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