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

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Widowsweave: 3 Million Lines Opens Friday

Widowsweave: 3 Million Lines Opens Friday.  Here are some photos of the first lines in preparation for the exhibit:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Widowsweave Schedule

Raw Space
1104 S. Wabash Ave
2nd Floor

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm   Sat 12pm-5pm
April 23-May 14

Opening Reception:
Friday, April 23   5-7pm

Mission Accomplished
7th Anniversary

April 30th 5:15-6:45
Panel Discussion:
Women Artists in Muslim Society
Morehshin Allahyari, Hale Ekinci, Rabbya Naseer, Renee Tadros
Intoduction: Melissa Potter

May 1st
3:30 Ande Welling of Core Project-
Dance Response
3:45 Peace to Iraq
Ceremonial Response
4:00 Jaber Alturfee - Human Rights Worker
Spoken Response (in Arabic & English)
4:30 Water for Widows
Symbolic Response

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Women Artists in Muslim Society - Panel Discussion

Women Artists in Muslim Society - Panel Discussion
April 30th 5:15-6:45

Raw Space
1104 S. Wabash, Chicago
2nd Floor 

A Panel Discussion is set, in conjunction with the Widowsweave exhibit for April 30th 5:15-6:45.
Morehshin Alylahyari, Hale Ekinci, Rabbya Naseer & Renee Tadros will discuss internal and external influences on creating art in Muslim societies, their experience in their counties of origin and in the United States. Melissa Potter, Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, will introduce. Kevin Valentine,  project director and creator of Widowsweave and founder of Artistactivist, will moderate. 

Future Work

Ideas for future work include:

Low Estimate and High Estimate paintings, with circles, based on Iraqi children lost do to sanctions.
Iraq and Afghanistan paintings with widow written out x number of times.
 9/11 with widow, childless, fatherless & motherless written.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Widowsweave Exhibit

Widowsweave Exhibit Opening Performances

April 23rd


1104 S. Wabash, Chicago

2nd Floor Raw Space

Come draw lines to benefit Iraqi Widows through May 14th

Get involved now

Panel Discussion: Women Artists and Muslim Society

April 30th -6:30-8

Open 10-5 through May 14th - Performances most days - Participate anytime

May 14th Manifest closing performances

More to come!