Embodied Installation, Originally Developed for the 2016 RNC Cleveland
Directed by Megan Young with Participants
Collaborative Artist: Angela Davis Fegan
Documentation: Evan Prunty, Megan Young, James Smith
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Saturday, April 22nd at 11:45am and Sunday, April 23rd at 3:30pm
LONGEST WALK is an installation of female identifying bodies in public spaces created in protest of the dehumanizing and exclusionary policies of the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio. Conceived and directed by Megan Young, the first iteration includes collaborative development with over 25 participants; poster design/handprinting by contributing artist, Angela Davis Fegan; and documentation by Evan Prunty.
The project transforms the systemic boundaries and restrictions of the politically charged RNC event, even from within a climate of exclusion and deep ideological divides. Participants commit to delegations of embodied representation with each collecting “walking points” from their friends and family members. That becomes the Longest Walk platform – shared through protest posters on-site and through social media, #LongestWalkRNC.
Public stagings in a public square include arranged and spontaneous participants marking space in a cyclical walking pattern of forward and backward steps. Their actions transform the public space, creating a living monument to embodied activism. It is a monument to the exhaustingly slow progression of systemic change and to the contested space of the female body.
A new iteration of this project will be included as part of the Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice exhibit at the Glass Curtain Gallery of Columbia College Chicago. The exhibit, curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and Melissa Hilliard Potter, will also be part of a half day symposium in the 2017 in the 2017 Chicago Open Engagement Conference: Justice, running April 21-23rd. This second iteration highlights the crisis of representation within political spheres while championing grassroots leaders. It begs the question of who we trust to support our interests and how we make space for difference in embodied activism.