Blind Spots in the Street: art against racism


Deadline: 06 June 2021!!>>>500€art grants!!!

This competition is part of Blind Spots in the Sun - a series of art interventions dealing with colonialism, collective memory and racism in Germany.

The call is open to Black artists*, illustrators* and designers who have themselves experienced racism in Germany or those who are from or live in the former German colonies of Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi.


This is about creatively exposing the blind spots in the collective consciousness of the white majority in Germany. By putting up posters on large advertising spaces, we aim to reach a wide audience - especially those people who would otherwise not deal with these issues.

This is how it works
Images and texts are submitted by email. A prominent jury consisting of artists and curators will select 4 winners from the submissions by majority vote, whose works will then be put up on billboards throughout Kassel (Germany) in the summer. An exhibition will follow.
The members of the jury are being announced on social media.

The poster campaign
The Blind Spots in the Street poster campaign works like an advertising campaign: it consists of a series of posters on billboards in public spaces that are intended to arouse curiosity but do not directly reveal the topic. Each billboard is tagged with a QR code. When scanned, the QR codes lead to our website, where information on the idea behind each poster is provided.

What to aim for

The images must be striking and impactful in public. Most importantly, they must arouse curiosity! Only those viewers who really want to know what's behind the image will scan the QR code.
Examples for the interaction of images and texts can be found on our BLOG.

The task
1. to develop a teaser ("eye-catcher") image in HORIZONTAL FORMAT that arouses curiosity in the viewer without revealing what exactly the image is about. The objective is to get a wider audience to learn about the issues of colonial history and racism. Optionally, write a headline to go with it.
2.Write a text (150-400 words) that provides background information about the image.
3. Give your piece a title

The Topics

  • Traces left by the German Empire in their former colonies of Cameroon, Togo, German Southwest Africa (now Namibia) and German East Africa (now Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi).
  • Racism in Germany today.
  • Links between racism and colonial history.

The goal
The goal is to expose the blind spots people in Germany have towards these issues and to get them to reflect about them.

1. Participants are at least 18 years old and have had their own experience with racism in Germany or are originially from or live in the former German colonies of Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi.
2. Colors should be primarily red, black, white, and shades of gray so that the images are recognizable as part of the campaign
3. An area of 83x86 mm vertical must be left blank for the QR code.

Dimensions and file formats

• File size for the art is A3 (420x297 mm) HORIZONTAL FORMAT at 300dpi in CMYK.
• Acceptable formats are JPG, PNG or .ai vector files.
• For the text files please use .docx or .rtf
• File names for both image and text files must contain your name – for example:


The deadline for all participants in the competition is the 06 June 2021

For updates about the jury and a possible deadline extension, follow us onInstagramand Facebook!


  1. The participants are at least 18 years old and have had their own experience with racism in Germany or come from/live in the former German colonies Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi.

  2. By participating in the contest you automatically agree to the rules. You also allow us to store your registration data and use it in the context of the competition.
  3. You agree that your entries may be reproduced (with credit to the artist's copyright) and published on any media for the purpose of conducting and promoting the contest.

  4. The unrestricted copyright for your submission remains with you.

  5. The works of the winners selected by the jury will be displayed on public advertising spaces in Kassel. Winners will be notified in advance. Each participant retains copyright to the submitted image and text. In case their work is exhibited, the participants will receive credit. Should any entry be published without credit, we kindly ask for notification in order to correct the mistake.

  6. The motifs of the winners must be approved by the billboard operators. Thus it cannot be ruled out that entries get rejected that were selected by the jury.

  7. You are responsible for persons shown on your work have given their consent and released them for publication. You are also responsible for ensuring that these persons are also authorized to give their consent.All necessary permissions must be given to you in writing.

  8. All participants assure that:

    - they are entitled to submit their work here, also in relation to third parties - they are authors for the submitted work and own exclusive copyrights

    - the submitted images and texts do not contain any religious, sexist, youth-endangering and/or racist content. If submissions do not conform with good morals, criminal law or the road traffic regulations (e.g. posters containing road signs), the advertising space operator has the right to reject motifs.

    - to the best of your knowledge and belief, the submission does not contain material that depicts or promotes conduct that is considered a criminal offense or otherwise violates applicable law.

    - the entry does not in any way infringe the copyrights, trademark(s), or intellectual property rights of any third party.

  9. We reserve the right to exclude entries from the contest that do not comply with these rules

  10. Should a dispute arise due to non-compliance with the rules, you will indemnify us for any royalties, damages or other compensation due to third parties.

  11. The legal process is excluded. Winning claims are not transferable.

The competition

This it the procedure


Register to participate using the participation form (see below).


After we have received your registration, we will send you the details of this contest by e-mail.


Submit your work (important: HORIZONTAL FORMAT!) along with a text describing the idea behind the work by email to


All submitted works will be reviewed by the jury of this competition.


The winners will be announced during the Blind Spots in the Sun intervention series.


The works of the winners will be displayed on public billboards in Kassel.

register here

After registration you will receive further details about the competition, the submission of your work and the further procedure. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Contact Info

Henrik Langsdorf 

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