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

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Belated Totals from Manifest 2011

Approximately 120 participants commemorated Iraqi Widows with 13,989 lines drawn in grids, pictures and messages on a chalkboard, two large panels and the asphalt at Manifest 2011.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Widowsweave at Maninfest

Artistactivist Presents: Widowsweave will be present at Manifest
May 13th Noon-7 900 South Wabash - Outside
Add your mark - Draw chalk lines for Iraq's widows - on chalk boards and on the pavement.
Join Kevin in this Widowsweave event.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sunday's Fundraiser

Had a great 1st fundraiser on Sunday, raising almost $500 towards Artistactivist and Widowsweave project.  Will be planning more Widowsweave events soon.  Thanks to all who participated, donated or otherwise helped out.  Special thanks to Colleen and Justin at Work Studio in Chicago for donating the space, and Ramah Jihan for a beautiful set of music.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Fundraiser Set

Artisactivist, Valentine's not-for-profit will be holing its first Fundraiser at Work Studio in Chicago on April 3rd.  Please come and support the artist's efforts to raise awareness of the conditions of Iraqi widows.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Time Expands

I'm up at nights thinking of how slow I've been at getting Widowsweave  into galleries and spaces.  Is it life or disorganization, timidity or timing?  I've had a couple of apps and grants not quite get accepted, but there is a haze on the whole project which I have to clear away.  I have to buckle down and find the time and space to make real progress, only without depleting our resources.  Until I receive a grant or find employment, I have to stay on the cheap.  There is still much I can do.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lines in the Sand: 20th Anniversary of Gulf War on MLK Day

Alyssa and I went out on North Montrose Beach in the freezing rain as drew 2000 lines in the sand for the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War.  After a year and a half of performances, and such a long gap since my last performance, I found that I was thinking more about the project and its efficacy as activism and art than about the widows themselves.  I think that I need to keep with my vision of engaging community in this project or it will become just a counting exercise.
2000 lines
 Ice formations
 January 17th Commemoration
 Lines in sand-on-snow-on-sand
 Like sentinals