A poetic, performative installation, commissioned for an inter-generational feminist exhibition: The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art and Politics
. subRosa borrowed from the aesthetic forms and utopian gestures of the “Art Into Life” philosophy of Russian Constructivists, and the Wall of Respect
painted in 1967 by Chicago-based black activists, to initiate discussions of feminist joy and solidarity. Performers rode on two ‘rafts’ made from painted canvas and discarded tires and billboard materials, and invited viewers aboard. Participants were invited to pin shout-outs to inspirational figures on paper “Cones of Respect” that were then pinned on a ‘pier post’ reminiscent of a communications tower. The project demonstrated “the way that we work” in solidarity with each other and with other women, and invokes different social movements and philosophies that influence each of us.
- The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, curated by Berin Golonu, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, March 29-June 29, 2008 (catalog).
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