Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary


The 6th issue of PRŌTOCOLLUM, the annually published anthology dedicated to non-Western contemporary visual artists, art narratives and art history, has been released by DICKERSBACH KUNSTVERLAG. PRŌTOCOLLUM’s issue for 2019/20 features contributions by 34 visual artists and art collectives from 32 countries.

Next to its focus on non-Western positions in contemporary art, PRŌTOCOLLUM champions artistic autonomy over editorial sovereignty in order to provide authentic encounters with the presented practices. All contributing artists are invited to independently choose and create their content for PRŌTOCOLLUM without editorial supervision or intervention. This intentional restraint on behalf of the editorial team ensures that no intermediary stands between the artist and the reader. Expert comment and third party evaluation only take place if the artists choose to include such texts with their respective contributions.

The weight given to the artists’ authorship on the pages of PRŌTOCOLLUM is also expressed by the fact that the cover of PRŌTOCOLLUM does not depict any specific artworks and does not highlight any single artist, but instead lists all contributing artists to the respective issue of the journal as equally significant.

To further strengthen regional views and perspectives, PRŌTOCOLLUM has developed its own concept of peer review, by inviting contributors of previous issues to recommend notable artists from their regions. Being able to tap into the knowledge and expertise of such a diverse artistic community puts this journal in a unique position as a platform for non-Western contemporary visual art.

The motto ‘Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary’ epitomizes the intention to present a visual arts exhibition in the framework of an art journal, letting the visual flow rather than editorial criteria determine the sequence of the artists’ contributions and layout — undisturbed and uninterrupted by commercial ads or sponsored content. PRŌTOCOLLUM transforms the assembled submissions of a diverse group of contemporary visual artists into an “exhibition in a book”, a visual journey on which each reader embarks by opening the pages of the journal, and a journey that encompasses a wide variety of artistic materials, forms and themes, broadening our horizons beyond the well-trodden paths of Western contemporary art and promoting a new openness for true internationality in the art world. (…)

Contributing artists of PRŌTOCOLLUM 2019/20 are:

Georges Adéagbo (Benin), Clay Apenouvon (Togo/France), Ngimbi Bakambana (Congo), Yassine Balbzioui (Morocco), Nú Barreto (Guinea-Bissau), Nomin Bold (Mongolia), Dalila Dalléas Bouzar (Algeria), Carolina Caycedo (Colombia), Yin-Ju Chen (Taiwan), Minerva Cuevas (Mexico), Zhang Ding (China), Viktor Ekpuk (Nigeria), Safaa Erruas (Morocco), Dimitri Fagbohoun (Benin/France), Gluklya (Russia), Dan Halter (Zimbabwe), Nadine Hattom (Iraq), Khaled Jarrar (Palestine), Koo Jeong A (South Korea), Reena Saini Kallat (India), Lebohang Kganye (South Africa), Jems Koko Bi (Ivory Coast), Andreja Kulunčić (Croatia), Katalin Ladik (Serbia/Hungary), Little Warsaw (Hungary), Mohamed Melehi (Morocco), Timur Si-Qin (Germany), Mitra Tabrizian (Iran), Pascale Marthine Tayou (Cameroon), Mariana Vassileva (Bulgaria), Viktor Vorobyev (Kazakhstan), Yelena Vorobyeva (Turkmenistan), Kamel Yahiaoui (Algeria), Tomoko Yoneda (Japan).

ISBN 978-3-9816206-7-2