Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.


Kevin Valentine will have three new pieces in the Faculty Show at North Central College, Naperville. The reception is April 8th, from 6-8

Friday, April 10, 2009

Raise Three Million

I've been thinking about a number of variations on Three Million Widows. I would like to try to create a fold-out book with 29 black pages which will will start out blank. Each time a line is drawn on the page with chalk, a number is recorded, adding to 75,000. Hopefully this would be done in 29 days. Each visitor to the book would donate $1 equivalent. Upon reaching 29 days or $75,000, the book would be folded up, and the money would be collected for Iraqi widows.

Perhaps a pressure sensor could be used to record the number of lines on the pages? or it could just be a button is pushed. If this were done in 40 cities, in major museums, Three million dollars could be raised to send to Iraq, to Nawal al-Samarra's office (She rescinded her resignation offer on March 9th) to use.

I can try to contact Ox-fam, or other agencies to see about the feasibility. The obvious place to start is in Chicago.

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