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Group Description

Welcome to Digital Offerings, a flickr group in association with the exhibit Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012 at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. This group and exhibit are based on the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead. We are seeking to exhibit images by artists from all over the world that illustrate how the dead are celebrated and mourned in their country, culture, or family.

This year the exhibition is dedicated to Daniel del Solar, a Chilean-American media activist, poet and photographer, as well as others yet to be determined. This year’s theme encourages artists to focus on positive forces in the midst of the presidential election and global economic and social upheaval. The Mayans believed that the solar system’s cycles coincided with our own spiritual and collective consciousness and imagined the close of 2012 as a period of rebirth and transition. We are looking for art and altars that can interpret the profound and often enigmatic events of the present, while honoring the past and affirming the possibilities of the future.

This group is intended to act as an online artist call, it allows national and international artists to submit images that will be reviewed by curators at SOMArts. Images selected by curators will be displayed and exhibited from October 12–November 10, 2012. The best digital images will be printed and displayed alongside the Day of the Dead altars and installations at SOMArts. Images not selected for printing may be used in a digital slide show to be at SOMArts’ Bay Gallery.

Ideas
•Photos or images of altars. What does an altar mean in your part of the world and in your culture?
•Photos or artwork of someone that has passed away that the artist would like to honor.
•Photos or images illustrating how a culture mourns or celebrates when someone close to them passes away. How do you honor the dead in your culture, in your city, in your family?

Instructions
1. If you don’t have one already, create a flickr account. Once you are registered you may upload images to your flickr page and add them to the group at any time.
2. Once you have created your account, add images to your flickr page by clicking on Upload Photos and Video from your home page.
3. To add images to the group, click on one of your images and select the Send to Group button above the image. Select Digital Offerings and the image will be added to the group.
4. If an image of yours is selected for exhibition you will be notified by email.

Guidelines
This is a curated exhibit using images submitted by the public. Not every image submitted will be exhibited, featured, or otherwise displayed. We reserve the right to select images for the exhibit based on our discretion as curators.

For all images
•Color correct! Make sure your blacks are really black.
•Bigger is better! The minimum is 2200 pixels, but the higher the resolution, the better.
•Make sure your images are properly labeled so we can attribute credit.
•Remember, we don't want all your images - we want your best images.

For Photographs

NO Digitally-Added Text
You do not need to add a copyright statement to your photos in order to protect them.
Your photos are protected under copyright law and you do not lose that protection by
submitting them here.

NO Multiple Photos in a Single Image
We require that only one image be included in each file. We will not cut or crop photos so one photo per upload, please.

NO Digitally-Added Borders
Please don't add a border to your images. If your photo has a "natural" border from the film, that's okay.

NO Digital Enlargements
We will only accept photos that are at least 2200 pixels wide or tall. This requirement is to make sure your photos look good when we print display them! Please do not enlarge your photo’s dimensions, as it lowers the image quality dramatically.

For all other images

NO Digitally-Added Borders
Please don't add a border to your images. If a border is key to the concept of the image, then it will be allowed. Otherwise, images with borders will be discarded.

NO Digital Enlargements
We will only accept images that are at least 2200 pixels wide or tall. This requirement is to make sure your photos look good when we print and display them! Please do not enlarge your photo’s dimensions, as it lowers the image quality dramatically.

Copyright Information: You retain all rights to your work. By submitting your work here, you grant Digital Offerings and SOMArts the right to do the following things with your images: put them on the web, display them in our exhibit, and use them in the promotion of current and future Day of the Dead exhibits.

For questions and technical support contact: Jennifer Nicholson, Day of the Dead Curatorial Intern, at (415) 863-1414, ext. 106 or dayofthedead@somarts.org.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe, Moderate
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