Welcome to Seeking Kali. We often think about artists in their myth-making role in culture. Often we are mirrors of our societies and cultures. Often we make a culture what it is known for. When we were in the process of deciding a name for this project we literally came up with a multitude of possibilities. In the end we decided to make it a very simple 'Kali Project'. A brief search of the name caught us up short as it turned out to be the name of an escort service. In fact a Kali search brings up all sorts of goods and services.
This serves a reminder of exactly why we are initiating an artist call. While travel and the Internet has brought the world closer, in many cases Kali becomes a mere broker in the West of commodities and services. At times she has been a New Age movie distortion or a symbol of feminist rage. Many times this cross cultural borrowing seems far removed from the mystery and paradox present in an archetype that is mother and goddess, yet also a symbol of destruction. Perhaps more close to the truth is the statement, "The most common modern Hindu perspective of her is largely symbolic. She is revered for her no-nonsense way of eradicating negative thoughts and bad habits in the minds of her followers. In other words, she will lop off your inflated ego in no time flat if you ask her, and she offers no guarantees that the process will be painless." (*religionfacts)
Our purpose here is to let artists world wide work with the Kali archetype and myth from within their personal and cultural narrative. Submission guidelines can be found in the artist call. Our only requirement is high caliber work and cultural sensitivity.
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