Seeking Art Submissions for Our Issue on Spirituality and Abolition

Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics is seeking submissions by artists for our third issue, Spirituality and Abolition, to be edited by Ashon Crawley and Roberto Sirvent.

Abolition conceptualizes art as another mode of knowledge creation and investigation, on par with other rigorous academic work. By putting visual art and poetry in conversation with academic articles in the physical journal, we give equal weight to these different ways of knowing the world and recognize the value of the arts as an alternative and potentially more inclusive mode of study. This is a distinctly different perspective from viewing art as illustrative of or supplemental to the ‘real’ intellectual work of (academic) writing. As a collective, we see art and artists in their social, communal and collaborative context, and creativity as something we do together and share as social beings, that can connect us in ways other mediums cannot.

We invite submissions by artists working and creating outside the ‘white cube’ circuit whose individual practice, themes or interventions engage with the theme of Spirituality and Abolition and the goals of Abolition Journal in a meaningful way. We understand ‘art’ broadly to include many different forms and media: painting, video, drawing, poetry, multi-media, documentary, among others.

Please submit a short (200-300 word) artist statement, visual images in pdf format, online portfolio or website, or other documentation that you feel best represents your work and practice to [email protected] by June 15, 2019.

More detailed information on the theme of the issue can be found here:

We encourage submissions from incarcerated artists. We can receive mail at:

Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics

1321 N. Milwaukee Avenue

PMB 460

Chicago, IL 60622

The image above is a painting titled “Dancing in one spot number 6” by Ashon Crawley.

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