Current Open Call: FINAL GIRL

Photo by LATITUDE Lab Assistant Sarah Hamburger

Photo by LATITUDE Lab Assistant Sarah Hamburger

"The Final Girl is boyish, in a word. Just as the killer is not fully masculine, she is not fully feminine-not, in any case, feminine in the way of her friends. Her smartness, gravity, competence in mechanical and other practical matters, and sexual reluctance set her apart from the other girls and ally her, ironically, with the very boys she fears or rejects, not to speak of the killer himself......She alone looks death in the face, but she alone finds the strength either to stay the killer long enough to be rescued (ending A) or to kill him herself (ending B)."
- Carol Clover, Men, Women, and Chainsaws


Women do not have a history of being treated well in media, and the horror genre has its own special relationship with this. Women who engage in "bad" or "sinful" behavior, which could also be coded as male behavior, are almost certainly sentenced to death. The Final Girl trope came out of this treatment of women--while she is the one that survives, her femininity is often the cost. In this spooky, Halloween-themed Open Call, we want you to explore what the idea of the Final Girl means to you; is she someone who survives in spite of her femininity, or because of it?


Noritaka Minami, October 2017 Artist Resident
Noritaka Minami is an artist based in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2004 with a BA in Art Practice and graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2011 with a MFA in Studio Art.  Minami is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago.  He has also taught at Harvard University, Wellesley College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Irvine.

Up to 5 images sized at 72 dpi in JPEG format
Longest side of the image sized no more than 1800 pixels
A brief artist bio and statement (200 words limit)
Title and year for every submission
All the materials in one zip file.
Subject line of email OPEN CALL: FINAL GIRL

Email complete submissions or questions to:

DEADLINE: October 4th

LATITUDE Chicago is a space that bridges the gap between an artist’s vision and their ability to produce it. We want to use this open call to create a space that bridges the gap between the working lab and the final gallery. Selected artists will have an opportunity to display work in all stages of development in an environment where making is always happening and where our roommates, Filter Photo, are organizing and hosting their own high quality programming and exhibitions. Additionally, the work will be shown online through LATITUDE's website.