Opening: Sunday, January 21
“To Future Women is about creating echoes. It is about generating our own histories by passing down our own stories. It is about acknowledging the women who will come after us by acknowledging our collective role in creating their future.” – Georgia Saxelby
What: To Future Women marks the one year anniversary of the Women’s March in Washington DC. Created by artist Georgia Saxelby, the project invites participants to write a letter to women in twenty years time, to be archived and re-exhibited on the 20th anniversary of the Women’s March in 2037 by participating national cultural institutions.
When: To Future Women will launch on 21st January, 2018 in Washington, DC, and continue for six months as a pop-up installation in cultural institutions and public locations throughout DC.
More Info: www.tofuturewomen.com
Description: To Future Women invites individuals from all over the world to write a letter to women in twenty years time. Part art and part history, Saxelby will archive the letters for twenty years in Washington DC and will re-exhibit the collective trove of letters on 21st January, 2037 in participating national cultural institutions in DC. To Future Women uses the platform of art to historicize one of the largest national and globally-networked protests in American history while creating a time capsule for the next generation of women.
To Future Women will launch on 21st January, 2018 in Washington, DC and continue for six months as a pop-up installation in cultural institutions and public locations throughout DC. Anyone is welcome to add their voice to this conversation between eras by posting your letter to the artist in Washington DC.
The project seeks to reinterpret the current cooperative acts of feminine solidarity and self-expression, epitomized by the Women’s March and the #MeToo virtual movement. The archive will detail our present stories, as well as our hopes, expectations and anxieties for the future in relation to women and women’s experiences. To Future Women aims to re-activate museum spaces that were used and visited during the Women’s March while acknowledging DC as the epicenter of a protest that spread globally.
Our collection of letters will be digitized and made available as a whole through the virtual platform www.tofuturewomen.com. They will be accessible to the public throughout the world only for a limited period of time before being replaced by a countdown towards 21st January 2037. Portions of our letters will be periodically made available throughout the next twenty years on dates significant to the history of women.
To Future Women is supported by local DC-based institutions, galleries and organizations, such as Halcyon Arts Lab, IA&A at Hillyer and Stable.
About the Artist:
Georgia Saxelby is a New York-based, Sydney-born artist currently undertaking an Artist Fellowship at Halcyon Arts Lab, an art and social impact incubator in Washington, DC. Saxelby creates participatory installations that investigate contemporary cultural relationships to women and feminine identity through ritual practices and sacred spaces. Saxelby creates ephemeral, transitory experiences and spaces in which her audience are invited to perform and participate. Two of her recent interactive installations were presented as finalists in the Blake Prize, Australia’s oldest and one of its most prestigious art prizes. They were the first live performance works ever chosen in the prize’s history.
After working at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the New York art and architecture studio that designed the High Line, Saxelby was recently been awarded three prominent international artist grants to undertake a series of mentorships and projects related to her research of ritual and sacred space. She was chosen in 2017 to speak at the International Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium in USA on her practice. In 2018 she will be the Visiting Scholar at the Sacred Space concentration of the Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning in Washington, DC.