We Vote is the latest in a string of overtly political art actions that I have created over the last several years, both individually and in collaboration with other artists with the goal of directly putting artists and their community on the front lines of political change. Some of the confirmed artists include Michele Pred, Ann Lewis, Yvette Molina, Bud Snow, Ayana Evans, Coby Kennedy, Tova Ricardo and Krista Suh. I have also invited Social justice organizations to participate, Center for Reproductive Rights, Gun X Gun, Remember the Triangle Fire and several other orgs will march in the parade.
The parade takes place on November 3rd, commencing in Washington Square Park at 2pm, and finishing at Nancy Hoffman Gallery. I need your help to support portable artworks made by these artists, documentation, permits etc. and I would love for you to come march with us!
This mid-term election is arguably the most consequential in the history of our country. For the last two years, the assault on our national psyche by those in power has been unrelenting. Their focus on demonizing the most vulnerable among us in order to placate those fearful of change has been completely unchecked. The result is the largest wealth gap since just before the Great Depression and the rapid erosion of what little remains of our democracy.
But we still have our voices. And we still have artists. Art, at its best, points out the absurdities and inequities we live with every day. It provokes new ways of looking at the world. Nevertheless We Vote will bring these voices to the street and amplify the artist’s perspectives and messages through collective action.
We will need funding for video and photographic documentation, insurance, permits, staff, renting Walkie-talkies, artist grants for travel, and shipping of artwork. Artists will be traveling all over the country for this parade including from Washington State, California, Florida, England, Illinois and Michigan and will be joining local artists from the New York Area. My 9-year old daughter will then be leading a political poster making workshop for kids taking place before the parade start, so bring your kids! We’ll need money for poster boards, paints and snacks for the kids.
Since 2016 I have been a member of For Freedoms and currently have a billboard up in Saint Louis along with Hank Willis Thomas. In December 2017, I curated the Parade Against Patriarchy in Miami during Miami Art Week. I have a long history of art performance activism including performing Miss Conception at the Armory Show in New York 2013, and handing out "Official Airport Replacement Knives" at San Francisco Airport in 2016 on the 15th Anniversary of the Patriot Act.
I am a Swedish American conceptual artist whose practice includes sculpture, assemblage, and performance. My work is part of the permanent collection at the Berkeley Art Museum, the 21st C Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York. I received a Pro-Choice Leadership Award from Personal PAC, Chicago, and have shown at Jack Shainman Gallery as an original member of For Freedoms. I was born in San Francisco and currently live in Oakland, CA and am represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery.
In connection with the parade I will have a solo show titled VOTE FEMINIST taking place from October 18 – November 24 at Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York.
Building community is a key element in my work. I'm really excited to be working with Kickstarter and to have this project funded by a group of people who want to experience change in our current government. It's a great way to give back and ensure that artwork and ideas that matter to you show up in your own city.
Risks and challenges
We are marching rain or shine, and we have the permits to make the march happen. Media partners include BUST Magazine. We would love for you to join!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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