Opening Reception: Friday, October 7 from 6pm to 9pm
Vote4Pope is a participatory art performance project intended to draw attention to the unequal status of women in the Catholic Church. It is a traveling trunk show of Papal regalia and props. The public are invited to dress up as Pope and pose in a papal like gilded throne. Participants will don their favorite Papal outfit from a display of clothing comprising an array of Pope’s cassocks, stockings, female shoes, hats and stoles in Papal colors, white and red. The attire will be laid out, retail style, according to varying sizes, just as they are for a newly elected Pope in the Room of Tears at the Vatican. Participants can then pose as Pope and have their photograph uploaded to social media sites and a dedicated this website Vote-4-Pope.com. Anyone can participate in #Vote4Pope – it is an equal opportunity event. The conceptual basis of the project is to use portraiture as a tool for self-visualization and social activism in a fun and lighthearted fashion.
The exhibition opens on Friday, October 7th 6-9pm with a public reception. The exhibition runs through October 30th and you can schedule an appointment for your Papal portrait here. Ask your friends to participate too. Please sign up for your photoshoot. Allow 30 mins for each session and maybe give some thought to your chosen Papal name in advance.
#Vote4Pope is an equal opportunity event.
Hillyer Art Space is located at 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. For more information, visit vote-4-pope.com.