Women Eco Artists Dialogue: Call for Participation

Dates or Deadline: 
20 July 2020

Call for Participation


Emotional Numbness: The impact of war
on the human psyche and ecosystems 

BULLETS, Anonymous, 2020. Courtesy of WEAD.

Women Eco Artists Dialog invites current members to submit artworks to an international group exhibition titled: Emotional Numbness: The impact of war on the human psyche and ecosystems.  

The exhibition focus is the impact of war on environments, and war’s effects on inhabitants of war zones. Recent escalating tensions between Iran and the United States is creating an increase in anxiety about potential war between these countries.  Thus, the goal of the exhibition is to create a platform to share, meet, discuss, and cross borders, by exhibiting art which considers the impacts of war and the varying relationships between Iran and the United States. We believe art has the ability to affect perceptions, develop meaningful dialogue, and bring awareness about critical issues to the public.

The exhibition has two venues. The primary physical venue is Platform 3, an independent art space run by Iranian artists, located in the center of Tehran, Iran. The secondary venue is an online showing on the WEAD website. More info and application here. 

There are three ways to participate.

  1. Submission of digital image files which will be printed and exhibited in Iran.
  2. Submission of images of artwork (in any media) which can be shipped to Iran for exhibition. Note: Artists are responsible for shipping their selected artworks to Iran AND the artwork will NOT be returned.
  3. Submission of time-based artworks in video format.


Current WEAD members. All work must be original.
Female identified artists who cannot currently afford WEAD membership are encouraged to contact us at: emotional.numbness@gmail.com. There are a few International Membership Awards available. 


July 20, 2020                   Deadline to submit artwork
August 4, 2020                Notification of selected work 
August 28, 2020              Deadline to receive accepted digital files
August 31, 2020              Receipt of physical works shipped to Iran
September 18 - October 16, 2020     Exhibition Dates
September 18, 2020        Opening reception in Tehran

Atefeh Khas and Minoosh Zomorodinia

Atefeh Khas is an environmental artist, curator and art director lives in Tehran, Iran. She employs video, photography, sculpture, and performance in her site specific installations to address environmental and social issues. She received her MA in Art Research from Alzahra University, 2014, and BFA in Painting from Shahed University in Tehran, in 2010. She has received several residencies and awards such as the Environmental Art Residency Program in South Korea, Global Nomadic Art Project in Iran, Germany, France and Turkey in 2016 and 2017, Kooshk Residency and La Friche la Belle de Mai in 2019. Her artwork and articles have been featured in publications that include Contemporary Art Magazine Honaragah, “The Middle East in London” Magazine, poster of (SOAS) Centenary Conference University of London. She has exhibited her works in Canada, United States, Belgium, Romania, South Korea, France, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungry, Tunisia, Poland, Sri-Lanka, Turkey, Nepal and India. www.atefehkhas.com

Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator who makes visible the emotional and psychological reflections of her mind's eye inspired by nature and her environments. Zomorodinia earned her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and holds a MA in Graphic Design and a BA in Photography from Azad University in Tehran. She received several awards, residences, and grants such as the Kala Media Fellowship Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi Residency, the Alternative Exposure Award and California Art Council Grants. She has exhibited locally and internationally at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, ProARTS, Pori Art Museum, and Nevada Museum of Art. Her artwork featured in SF Chronicle, Hyperallergic, and KQED. Currently she is a member of Curatorial Council Committee at Southern Exposure Gallery.  www.rahelehzomorodinia.com

More info and application here. 
You can find out more about the exhibition at the WEAD website: www.weadartists.org