WORD ON THE STREET
Fabric Banners / Installation / Public Art, 2017-ongoing
Open from Sept 7, 2017 -March 2018 in Times Square commissioned by Times Square Arts. Created in collaboration with arts collective House of Trees, Word On the Street has been shown at protests and at Leila Heller Gallery, Kimmel Galleries, Repair the World, and the Whitney Houston Biennial in NYC, and will be shown on a billboard at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Word on the Street is an ongoing text-based public art initiative in collaboration with arts collective House of Trees consisting of original political and poetic banners created by renowned female international artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. I collaborated with writer Anne Carson, and artists Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Holzer, have created original banners as well. Commissioned by Times Square Arts, the latest exhibition will appear on street pole banners and Bigbelly solar-powered trash and recycling receptacles in Times Square from August 29, 2017 – February 2018.
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. These banners have been displayed in a variety of institutions before being taken out into the streets to be carried by marchers as protests arise, such as Leila Heller Gallery, Kimmel Galleries, the Whitney Houston Biennial, the Climate March and March for Science.
On September 7th from 12pm-1pm & 6pm-9pm, DJed by JD Samson and Douze, in collaboration with my sister Jennifer Khoshbin, I lead Times Square visitors in Workshop on the Street, where they created their own wearable protest gear with phrases made from colorful felt in the form of banners, sashes, capes, or badges at the Broadway Plaza between 43rd & 44th Streets. Workshop on the Street engages the community in social action and encourages a physical artistic response alongside the Word on the Street banners.