2016

Nahnu Wahidun (We are One) installation at (Em)Body exhibit at Preston Bradley Center and Uptown Arts Center

OPENING: OCT 15th, 2016  :: 6-9pm, at 941 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL

We are One

Em(body) {Extensions; //part 2}

Nahnu Wahidun (we are one)

 

The cardboard colonnade references ancient Palmyra, once a magnificent site of trade and transport, recently caught up in the cultural discourse and destructive crosshairs of war. Refugees from Syria, Iraq and beyond are forced to leave familiar surroundings, often carrying nothing but hope. The footprints left behind embody this hope, as a traceable remnant of their journey—their quest to find peace.

 

The Preston Bradley Center, with its multiple congregations and openness to progressive and activist art symbolizes the faith that there is something better. Building an inclusive community may mediate the sense of dislocation, ease the transition, and create an architecture of healing.

 

Nahnu Wahidun (we are one) allows participants to trace or rub their own or a ceramic footprint, and to upload a picture of their art along with a message to share with others online.

 

 

 

 

see page on Facebook: em(body) 2016

 

3 new pieces in Schoenherr Gallery- North Central College Faculty Exhibit: April 1 – May 29, 2016

171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540

Lines in the Sand

Widows: Lines in the Sand Series:  25th Anniversary Memorial

Wood, Black Sand, LED strip.

43”x25”x4”

 

Almost half a million lines

Use the provided sticks here to draw lines in black sand, commemorating 25 years since the Desert Storm Gulf War.  Please count the strokes used to draw, and record them in the log book. Almost half a million lines have been drawn to date.

The dimensions of this black sand Zen garden are 43 inches, representing the days in the Gulf War, by 25 inches for the 25th anniversary of the 1991 military action.

Widowsweave: Lines in the Sand performances consist of finding a stick (usually a branch fallen from a nearby tree or washed up on a shore) and drawing lines of any kind in the sand while thinking of Iraqi widows.  When asked what the artist is doing, conversation follows which raises awareness of the plight of many Iraqi widows and orphans.

Why lines in the sand?

Lines in the sand are ephemeral – they can be blown away in minutes, washed away, stepped on, erased with a new line. But they represent more than just a short existence: they represent division of land, opposition of forces or a limit of toleration—us and them; for or against; thus far and no farther.  And sand is a defining feature of much of the landscape of Iraq.

What better way can there be than to draw that line of finality, of decision – three million times.

 

 

Floating to Lesbos

Water, miniature boats, concrete, plastic tub, fans, steel strips, magnets, wood; 30”x21”x8”

Using magnets to represent refugees, try to float the rafts over to the shore of Lesbos.  Too many will sink the boat.  The currents may return the ship, spin it round, or get it stuck in a corner. Please document these voyages with photos or videos and post them to the artistactivist Facebook page.

 

Home

Home from Kevin Valentine on Vimeo.

Music, Lyrics and images by Kevin Valentine

copyright 2016 by Valentine/birddenoftruth.

Home

Leave it all. Carry hope
Leave it all. Carry hope
Land and sea
Skies and me
Coming home

Sing again. Peaceful men
Sing again. Peace women
Land and sea
Skies and me
Coming home

Smile with your eyes
Grasp the sunrise
The day has come
We are one

We are one. On this earth
We are one. On this earth
Land and sea
Skies and me
Rebirth

Smile with your eyes
Grasp the sunrise
The day has come
Nahnu Wahidun

Leave it all. Carry hope
Leave it all. Carry hope
Land and sea
Skies and me
Coming home

Kevin Valentine  2016

 

 

25th Anniversary of the Gulf War: Jan 17-Feb28 1991-2016

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War (sadly, we have to specify which one-the Desert Storm one, but the part where we started bombing to impel the retreat of Iraqi troops from Kuwait). I am recapping some of my print, paint, performance, installation, etc. that directly addresses or was inspired by these events, and the years of intertwined history between the United States and Iraq since. Check consciousv@twitter, birddenoftruth.com, or Kevin Valentine on Facebook for more posts.——-

Widows#5 Performance/Installation was one of my best media pieces of the series. Projection of up to five videos of me completing an earlier performance was layered on top of a live performance of Widowsweave on a chalkboard that I built on which 3 million intersections of line are drawn.
Video documentation on Vimeo: