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The Tactical Gardens
Exhibition Chicago

The Tactical Gardens

DEADLINE:24 January 2021

The Goethe-Institut Chicago announces a call for video essay submissions responding to the history and legacy of Hazel M. Johnson, “Mother of the Environmental Justice Movement” and founder of People for Community Recovery, and their strategies for environmental justice on the far South Side of Chicago.


The Tactical Gardens invites artists, designers, architects, writers, filmmakers, community organizers and activists to engage with the history of Altgeld Gardens and to further explore the ways in which we think and deal with environmental injustice, racism, inequality and toxic burdens for minoritized communities around the globe and in the city of Chicago.

  • Works must be between 10 and 30 minutes in length.
  • Artists must provide Youtube or Vimeo links to the final videos.
  • Year of completion must be 2017 or later.
  • Videos must be Chicago premiers.
  • Films must be subtitled in English if they are originally produced in another language.
  • All legal clearances including, but not limited to actors, sound, or stock footage are the responsibility of the artist. The Tactical Gardens reserves the right to utilize clips or stills from any film selected for the screening for publicity purposes.
  • Must submit completed work for full consideration. Trailers will not be considered for participation.


Three works will be selected and will be shown in a virtual screening hosted by the Goethe-Institut Chicago. There will be an honorarium for participation.