WORD ON THE STREET
Fabric Banners / Installation / Public Art, 2017-ongoing
Exhibited in Times Square from Sept 2017 - Sept 2018 commissioned by Times Square Arts. From March - Aug 2018, exhibited at and commissioned by The Watermill Center. Word On the Street has been shown at protests, Socrates Sculpture Park, Leila Heller Gallery, NYU Kimmel Galleries, the Whitney Houston Biennial, etc .
Word on the Street is an ongoing text-based public art initiative in collaboration with my sibling-led arts collective House of Trees consisting of original political and poetic banners created by female international artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. Artists + writers include: myself + Anne Carson, Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson + A.M. Homes, Tania Bruguera, Naomi Shihab Nye + House of Trees. Originally created from felt as protest expressions during the Women’s March, the Word on the Street banners speak to the urgent, timeless concerns of the individual, community and the requirements of citizenry. Commissioned by Times Square Arts, the reproductions of the banners currently appear on street pole banners and Bigbelly trash receptacles in Times Square until September 2018, subverting advertising space with the language of resistance.
Workshop on the Street is a participatory banner-making workshop where the public is invited to create their own wearable protest gear with phrases made from colorful felt in the form of banners, sashes, capes, or badges. Workshop on the Street engages the community in social action and encourages a physical artistic response alongside the Word on the Street banners, and has been performed in Times Square on Sept 7 and May 1, 2018, Watermill Center on March 25, 2018, Leila Heller Gallery on April 21, 2017, and NYU Kimmel Gallery on Jan 19, 2017.