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

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thank You to All

Widowsweave: Lines in the Sand - 43 Days has met its goal with 436,913 lines drawn in the sand, snow, sleet, rain, mud and gravel to remember widows in Iraq -and who are refugees now all over the world - as well as to commemorate the killed and wounded of that 43 day war in 1991 that started my long artistic relationship with justice and Iraq.  A deep, grateful, heartfelt thank you to all who helped complete this project by making it out to Chicago's frozen beaches as well as those who have supported previous Lines in the Sand performances with advice, documentation and performance.  Thanks to Dinah Ryan and Principia College for allowing me to engage students on and off campus with the events of last weekend.
Special thanks go to my colleagues Susan and Shalaka who are there when doubts arise.  Extra love and gratitude for the friendship and participation from Jaber Alturfee, a true friend and companion in this project.  And most of all, as always, all my love and debt of gratitude goes to Mary my wife and best friend.

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