12-Pages Online Project Space - Terror

12-Pages Online Project Space invites submissions from creative practitioners in response to the theme of ‘Terror’.

The Guernica myth was established on 15 February 2003, when rumours began circulating from the UN Security Council Chamber that a tapestry copy of Picasso’s seminal painting had been draped with a blue cloth to shield it from view. It became apparent that Guernica was an inappropriate backdrop for the impending announcement. When America’s intention to invade Iraq was announced by Colin Powell, viewers from around the world saw him framed by the UN’s pale blue, rather than the disjointed horrors of Guernica. It has been said that the UN was put under considerable pressure to conceal the tapestry as screen tests before the live announcement showed the horse’s head rear up above the person talking. The concealing of an artwork on the eve of such an historical announcement would inevitably be perceived as a gagging of free speech. The concept of an enemy named ‘Terror’ seemed somehow mythological. How is it possible to wage war against a verb? In a cultural context, how does the art community put such an elusive concept into a critical framework? In other words; if art cannot have Guernica to represent sheer terror, then what is it entitled to claim? What other mechanisms can art utilise to re-imagine terror?

12-Pages encourages submissions to be focused on contemporary drawing practice but, would welcome critically engaged responses from outside the discipline and in particular critical writing on the subject.

Deadline is Wed 29 Feb 2012 and all responses are to be e-mailed to

The full outline of the brief and submission guidelines are available on the 12-Pages website.
12-Pages Online Project Space

What: 12-Pages Online Project Space - Terror
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Contact: laura.davidson[at]tbcartistscollective.org
Deadline: Wed 29 Feb 2012