KAOS 2024 Open Call

Collage by Maruša Štibelj. Courtesy of the artist.


Beneath the Surface: Liminal Places

KAOS 2024 Open Call
(EU Residents Only)

Deadline: Sunday, 31 March 2024

This year’s 5th edition of KAOS International Festival of Contemporary Collage will take place in Kranj, Slovenia between 31 May and 10 August 2024 with a central exhibition, art residencies, murals, workshops, artist talks and evening concerts. The exhibition program will offer collage artworks by invited artists and of those who are selected from this open call.

The central theme, “Beneath the Surface”, focuses on the manifestation of human emotions in today’s complex world, where true emotions often remain beneath the surface due to societal expectations, stereotypical connotations, saturation, or a lost connection with oneself. The central theme collaborates with collage as a medium that is multi-layered and consequently full of depth, turning to the viewer with a narrative, allowing juxtaposition, subtlety, expressionism, and ambiguity. It invites the viewer to recognize various feelings during a gallery visit, not just positive ones. KAOS 2024 places a special focus on works that are experimental, antagonistic, and nihilistic in nature. 

This open call is inviting all collage artists in the EU to create art in boxes that explores the concept of 3-dimensional collage, in the form of assemblage referring to the theme “Beneath the Surface: Liminal Places”.

About Assemblage and Collage:
The shadow box, the assemblage in a box, is a hybrid, liminal place where things begin to behave like images, and images have the power of the real. Collage and Assemblage share the magic moment in which two images collide and create something new in a perpetual state of occurrence. Our perception and memories are set in motion. The box contains the fragments, and our minds work outwards from there, remembering, making sense, and imagining.

How to Apply

Project specifications:
To be displayed in the gallery, the assemblage size must be between 15x15x15 cm (minimum) and 25x25x25 cm (maximum) with a maximum weight of 10kg. Pieces will be displayed in the gallery on a wall or placed on a base.

The artwork should refer to the theme “Beneath the Surface: Liminal Places”.

The artwork must contain elements of collage as well as objects.

Where to apply:
The application form is HERE. This call is open to all EU residents.

The Jury

María Elisa Quiaro is a Venezuelan visual artist based in Germany. With a multidisciplinary approach that includes collage, photography, assemblage and painting, Quiaro conceptualizes the image of a constructed reality through abstraction and deconstruction. Also important to her is the concept of memory as the trace that exposes the fragility of our constructed reality. Quiaro graduated in Art in the United Kingdom and studied Mass Communication and Graphic Design in Venezuela. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions around the world. Quiaro has also been curator, juror and organizer of various exhibitions in Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Venezuela. Her work has been published in various books, fanzines, and digital media. Her work is held in several public and private collections.

(Text adapted from KAOS’s Call for Artists. Please contact them with questions.)