Open Call - Artists Submission

 7th edition of Jaou Tunis 2024

October 10-26


Jaou Tunis, along with curator Taous Dahmani, is delighted to launch an open call for submissions from visual artists working mainly with photography, video, montage-collage, etc. This call is open to artists based in or from Africa and the broader South West Asia and North Africa (S.W.A.N.A.) region. The chosen artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work in an open-air exhibition along the iconic Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the heart of Tunis in the next edition of Jaou Tunis, to be held October 10 to 26, 2024.

Applicants should be actively involved in visual and artistic practices. The projects selected for Jaou Tunis 2024 will be developed with guest curator Taous Dahmani and her team.

Open call objectives

→ To promote and disseminate the work of artists employing visual media (e.g., photography, video, montage, multimedia practices, etc.).

→ To champion artists residing in or from the African continent and/or the S.W.A.N.A. region (from Morocco to Iran).

Applications should include 

→ A brief artist biography (or collectives descriptions) encompassing background, artistic practice, exhibition history, and publications.

→ A portfolio featuring previous work and a link to the artist's (or collective's) website and/or social media profiles.

→ Contact details, including email address and telephone number for the artist.

→ A 400-word description of the proposed project/series along with accompanying visuals (only completed projects will be considered).

→ All elements must be compiled into a single PDF document, named as follows: SURNAME_FIRST NAME_COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.

→ Texts can be either in French or English.

→ Incomplete applications will not be considered.

→ Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate a consistent artistic practice and a certain regularity in the creative process.

→ Applications should be submitted exclusively to the following email address:

→ For further inquiries, please contact:


Applications must be submitted between the date of this call and November 30, 2023 (midnight Tunis time). Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Selected artists will collaborate with the guest curator and her team to ensure the delivery of the final project within the specified deadline.


About Taous Dahmani

Taous R. Dahmani is a French, British, and Algerian art historian, writer, and curator based in London, specializing in photography. Her projects revolve around the nexus of photography and politics. She teaches at the London College of Communication. Her written work has been featured in books published by Loose Joints and Chose Commune, as well as in magazines such as The British Journal of Photography, FOAM, GQ, and 1000 Words Magazine. She delivers lectures widely, including at prestigious institutions like the Tate, the Getty Research Institute, the Barbican, Le Bal, and the MEP. She recently curated the Prix Découverte Louis Roederer at Rencontres d'Arles 2022. Since 2019, Dahmani has served as the editorial director of the annual magazine The Eyes.

About Jaou Tunis

Jaou Tunis is a fixture of Tunisia's contemporary art scene. Established in 2013 by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Jaou is dedicated to fostering the local artistic and cultural landscape, strengthening connections between artists and universities specializing in fine arts and architecture across the nation, and cultivating transnational collaborations and solidarity. Functioning as a true nomadic caravan, Jaou assembles diverse and communal experiences encompassing visual arts, dance, music, theater, and dialogues that bridge African nations and the broader global South. During its latest installment, Jaou 2022 animated numerous iconic locations within the capital, including the former Bourse du Travail, Avenue Habib Bourguiba, the Hagsid Abdelliya palace, historic churches, mausoleums, and other forgotten landmarks. It featured contributions from 150 artists, whose creations and performances captivated an audience exceeding 70,000 attendees.

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