WORD ON THE STREET
Fabric Banners / Installation / Public Art, 2017-ongoing
Created in collaboration with internationally acclaimed writer Anne Carson, and art production team House of Trees, Word On the Street has been shown at protests and at NYU's Kimmel Galleries, the Whitney Houston Biennial in NYC, Repair the World, and Leila Heller Gallery in NYC.
Word on the Street bridges the gap between art production and social action, the institution and the street, ephemerality and physicality. Leading up to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, Khoshbin invited writer Anne Carson to respond to the current political situation in America with some kind of language. Carson wrote a series of slogans, which were then given form and physicality by Khoshbin as large-scale handcrafted banners. These have been displayed in a variety of institutions, before being taken out into the streets to be carried by marchers as protests arise. The banners, transformed perhaps by the residue of their exposure to street-action, are then re-installed at the institution where they were originally. This began around the Inauguration Day Protest and Women's Marches on Washington/NYC after being installed and re-installed in NYU's Kimmel Galleries, and they have been shown at the Whitney Houston Biennial, Leila Heller Gallery, Repair the World, and have been used in a variety of protests since. This is the first phase of a multiyear public art project in collaboration with House Of Trees. We will be pairing leading national and international writers with acclaimed visual artists to facilitate the creation and public use of a series of political and poetical banners that speak directly to the urgent, timeless concerns of the individual, the community and the requirements of citizenry internationally.
Khoshbin also leads banner-making-as-performance events, which engage the community in social action and encourage a physical artistic response to the political landscape. Participants use phrases, iconography, and ready-made materials to create wearable banners, sashes, capes, and signs. The group is encouraged to show their banners at the arts institution they were created in, and then take them out into the streets during demonstrations.