Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
City: Washington
State: District of Columbia
Fee: $5.00 (Implicit Bias- Seeing the Other Seeing Our Self)
Entry Deadline: 8/20/15
IMPLICIT BIAS – Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self

“Maybe, we now realize the way racial bias can infect us, even when we don’t realize it. So we are guarding against, not just racial slurs, but we are also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview, but not Jamal.”President Barak Obama’s Charleston eulogy at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney

IMPLICIT BIAS – Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self This exhibition seeks to explore the unconscious racial bias that affects our decisions, choices, friends and beliefs about others. The growing body of social science research suggests that each of us harbors unconscious beliefs and values about race (as well as gender, age, etc.) that are often at odds with our conscious beliefs about our values. At the heart of discrimination lie powerful unacknowledged biases about the Other, which affect our decisions and choices, and all too often have adverse affects on the lives of others.

With this emotionally charged subject matter, we want work that squarely addresses the issues of racial disparity in our country, as well as work that helps us visualize what an equitable future might look like. We’re looking for work that addresses the need for greater self-awareness about our own biases, beliefs and consequent actions.

The work does not need to solely imply an introspective view of Bias, but can extend to more prevalent matters, such as injustice in all its forms; police, judicial, education, voting rights and urban planning for example.

We are living in important and dangerous times, where racial bias has stepped into a place that can no longer be ignored by the powers that be. IMPLICIT BIAS – Seeing the Other: Seeing Ones Self is an exhibit that wants to reflect these matters with honesty, integrity and an urgency these times deserve.

The exhibition is open to artists from the Washington, DC Greater Metropolitan, Virginia and Maryland.