Open Call  

For Oyoun's latest artistic intervention, we're looking for multidisciplinary BIPOC* artists and activists to participate.

will you remember to keep us afloat?

*paid opportunity*

রঙিন সাগর (rongin shagor) – the colorful ocean – symbolizes the variety of poetic and artistic interpretations and inspirations that emerge from one poem. They float, embark, collide and buoy in the same place, each marking approaches to respective struggles in identity politics. Dreams, visions, and associative powers of imagination in poetry are heightened through a collective growth of individual artworks that build on each other. 

রঙিন সাগর (rongin shagor) is an interdisciplinary virtual artistic chain letter investigating the concept of heritage, that gets others involved in the discourse of how our history shapes our actions today. The work of Afro-German poet May Ayim, which is at the core of this project, demonstrates the important malleability of language and its power to both give to and take from marginalized people. 

This is aimed at multidisciplinary artists who can identify with critical views within May Ayim's poetry and/or who have an interest in memory culture and in shaping the future through an open source project.

rongin shagor is Oyoun's latest artistic intervention in which chosen artists respond to a poem with a creation within their respective fields or beyond. The poem which is the starting point for what is to become a virtual artistic chain letter (that will eventually develop into an open source project) is “community” by May Ayim. The artistic responses will be collected on an interactive digital platform, to be launched later this year.

Who can participate?

Reflecting the spirit of May Ayim and that of the communities she speaks to, we want to include more of you! We encourage all artists, whose works can be archived digitally (eg filmmakers, poets, digital creators, visual artists, musicians, etc.), to participate in the open call. The residency aims to provide arts and cultural opportunities to QTBIPoC artists and activists from around the world through exchange and sharing of artistic skills. It is also possible to apply as a collective.

We want to encourage artists to apply with their portfolio (min. 5 works). Submissions are accepted in all languages ​​and forms. For text heavy works in languages ​​outside of German, English, Arabic and Bengali we ask you to add an English translation for better understanding. 


The deadline is August 1st. Once you apply you will receive all the information about the following steps. 

What we offer: 

  • Support during the development of the artistic response
  • Opportunity to participate in an intercultural and transnational project 
  • Opportunity for physical and virtual presentation 
  • An opportunity and safe(r) space to engage in collective discussions nurturing community building
  • A fee (amount depending upon the proposal)



The submission deadline for the call is August 1, 2022.

Interviews with selected artists will be conducted in mid-August before the final selection.

Announcement of the final selection until late August.

Development of the work in September.  

The launch of the digital platform will be in September/October.


Application process: 

Artists can submit their portfolios, artist statements and responses here.