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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Beverly Naidus, United States

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Proposal Title: Their Cry is Our Cry, 01/20/2008, Mixed media

Proposal Synopsis: This is a dialog piece, and it is movable. It is ongoing. It takes place in a tent. The tent is army issue. There are two cots in the tent. One day per week there are real people lying in the cots for two hours. The bodies lie opposite to each other. One with his/her head at the foot of the other. One of the people is a Vet and the other person has lost someone (not a soldier) due to war. Performers could also read the story of a Vet and the story of someone who has lost someone to war. During the rest of the week when the cots are empty, we will hear audio - stories of Vets and stories of people who have lost someone (not a soldier) due to a war. The stories will not be edited in any way. This project will be advertised in the community so that people can volunteer to participate. People who participate can choose to keep the flaps of the tent closed when they speak so that they can have anonymity.

Artist's Biography: Beverly Naidus' art practice has intertwined the roles of activist, educator, writer and interdisciplinary artist. Her mediums include interactive, site-specific installations to digitally rendered artist's books. She has exhibited in many venues around the world, including major museums and street corners. Her work has been discussed in books by Lucy Lippard, Suzi Gablik, Lisa Bloom and Paul Von Blum. Excerpts of her work can be viewed at www.artsforchange.org Her book Outside the Frame: Teaching Art for Social Change will be published by New Village Press in 2009. She currently is on the faculty at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

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