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

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lines of Inquiry

Here's a list of some of my upcoming lines of inquiry. Stephanie Brooks recommended that I make a list of 20-50 things that something can mean/that I want it to mean/that I want to look into -then narrow it down to the best 2-4 or so. Art can mean so many things, can be so expansive that it helps to focus on a few meanings at a time, though they may change, otherwise the message gets lost.

Lines of Inquiry:

Oud - music and instrument
Weaving/Widow's weave
Widow's plight more specifically
Arabic language
"Lines in the Sand" - meanings
Chalkboards - meanings in Iraq
Group action/activism
Activist art
Political art
Durational Art
Grid art
Advocacy art
Repetitive labor as metaphor/symbol
Action Days
Not-for-profits in Iraq

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