Sovereignty, the theme for the 2024 SFAI International Thematic Residency, calls for an artistic and creative engagement at the multiple intersections of sovereignty as it pertains to the individual, jurisdictions, systems, and society as a whole.
SFAI supports the expression of differing perspectives regarding the role of the artist, creative practitioner, and culture bearer in shaping and being shaped by social and political conditions. As the US Supreme Court and other international political bodies in the world debate, restrict, and claim autonomy over the body, community, and the ability to self-govern, we seek proposals that articulate a response as a creative call to action and challenge imperial and colonial concepts of sovereignty that have laid claim to land and personhood.
SFAI seeks proposals for artwork, creative actions, and research that:
- Speak to jurisdiction and the ability to self-govern;
- Explore various concepts around sovereignty, including land and treaty rights, cultural appropriation, gender and bodily autonomy, ethnolinguistics and language revitalization, and control over the dissemination and governance of content; and
- Explore interdependencies or divisions which change sovereign relationships.