You are invited to submit articles for the annual digital publication, Faire Monde(s), to be published online in December 2023.
Our aim is to provide a broader aesthetic and critical reflection on the Caribbean context, its specificities or its similarities with global production and to reflect on artistic practices from all continents.
For this fourth issue, the theme is:
Can art repair the world?
For artists living in regions allocated a subaltern status by the Modern/Colonial World-System, it is often tempting to see in art something with an almost mystical function, as capable of going beyond mere denunciation, and even potentially able to literally repair society.
For these artists, representation becomes an area where reality can be steered in the right direction, where wrongs can be repaired and injustices redressed. Utopia helps the imagination to relieve the wounds of the real, restoring hope after traumatism. Denunciation is a way of dialoguing with the public when politics or society seem deaf, bringing to light buried or taboo issues.
Yet, voices have been raised to criticise the idealists. Due to its links with the institution and the market, art is said to be a hypocritical and useless tool in the face of the world’s situations. Worse, to ask art to repair society would be to refuse to make society responsible for its acts, to put a plaster on a wooden leg, in short, to naively take refuge in the symbolic and to protect the really guilty parties.
“Can art repair the world?” The aim of this new issue of Faire Mondes is not to take sides, but to report on ongoing debates, both in the field of artistic creation and in aesthetics, in critical theory but also in institutional criticism. What strategies have been developed by artists to reach this goal? Is it just a question of working in the symbolic realm or does social practice linked with the community present itself as the most pragmatic and promising solution? What new forms of creation, defying the boundaries of disciplines and artistic media, have emerged to do so? Who are the authors and thinkers who are supporting artists in developing these works, and how? What fruitful interdisciplinary bridges can be identified in such interactions? Lastly, how do artistic institutions and the art market manage these contradictory demands for social justice, when they themselves, through the power of the state and of capital, reproduce the same injustices that the artists are seeking to repair?
How to take part
- The articlessubmitted to the journal—essays, conversations, artist profiles—about art must be previously unpublished and presented in their final form. The articles must focus on the work of one or more artists. Each proposed article will be submitted to the members of the selection committee.
The selection committee is made up of:
- Dominique Brebion, freelance curator, art critic (Aica Caraïbe du Sud)
- Florent Delval, art critic and gallery owner
- Dorothée Dupuis, freelance exhibition curator and art critic,
- Director of Terremoto.mx magazine
- Monique Mirabel, agrégée teacher of visual arts
- Allison Thompson, art historian, educator
- Yolanda Wood, professor, researcher and art critic
We are looking for two types of contributions:
- 7 critical essays of 6,000 to 8,000 characters, paid at a fixed rate of €300 each
- 4 short articles of 5,000 to 6,000 characters, paid at a fixed rate of €200 each
Please remember to include between 5 and 8 royalty-free images to illustrate these articles, with captions.
The articles can be sent in a choice of French, English or Spanish, and will be published in the chosen language.
2 – The selection process is composed two phases:
- The initial submission includes a short 150-word biography, a list of articles published in the last two years and a 250-word abstract of the proposed article in English and French or in French and Spanish, by 15 May 2023
- After the selection committee’s decision, published on 15 June 2023: the final article must be received by 1 October 2023
3– The proposals for articles shall be submitted using Times New Roman, size 12, with 1.5-line spacing.
The title page must include the first and last name of the author, their email address, and the title of the article.
The next page must include:
- Five key words
- A two-hundred word abstract in two languages: English and French or French and Spanish
- A short 150-word biography of the author
These documents must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
4– The articles must submitted in the form of a Word document, in Times New Roman font, size 12, with the simplest formatting possible (no use of styles, bullet points or indentations, but with indents at the beginning of each paragraph) acompanied by a PDF version with images included in the text.
Titles that are too long or too allusive should be avoided
Long quotations must be separated from the body of the text with a line break before and after, and are not preceded by an indent. Quotations are indicated in italics without quotation marks.
The titles of books and publications shall be in italics. For titles of works, capitalize the first word of the title.
Centuries shall be written as numerals, followed by an ordinal indicator such as th in superscript with a non-breaking space.
Example: 20th century
Capital letters shall take accents as required by the language.
5- Notes and bibliographical references
References shall be formulated as follows:
First name Last name, Title of the work, place of publication, publishing house, collection [if applicable], year of publication.
Articles must be illustrated with 5 to 8 royalty-free images. These images shall be provided by the author, in black and white or color, in digital format, and sent by we transfer. They shall be numbered and provided with a list of captions.
For an acceptable print quality, the photographs, saved in grayscale or color, must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and a width of 400 to 600 pixels in jpeg format only. They must be accompanied by the author’s permission to publish them, and the name of the photographer. Please check that the numbers of the photos and the captions are the same.
The list of captions, sent in a separate file, must include the author’s name and the title of the article. Each caption shall include: the number of the illustration, the name of the artist or site, the title of the work, the date of execution of the work, the medium, the size, the current place the work is conserved, and the copyright.
7- Validation for publication shall be final only after the insertion of corrections and additions requested by the editorial board. The editorial board reserves the right not to publish an article as a last resort if any requested changes have not been made
8 – Proofs and publications
Before publication, the author shall receive an email containing the proofs to be checked. The author must return them to the editorial office within eight days, corrected. Only typographical corrections are allowed on the proofs.
9 – The authors are committed to sharing all the articles published on the Faire Monde(s) website on their social networks.