We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident

Poster for We hold these Truths to be Self Evident

The Corcoran School of the Arts of Design at the George Washington University is proud to partner with For Freedoms to present:

We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident
By Zoë Buckman and Natalie Gwen Frank

*Please be advised, language on the tombstone may be triggering for sexual assault survivors. Viewer discretion is advised.

Read Corcoran's statement and more about this work here: https://corcoran.gwu.edu/letter-director-we-hold-these-truths-be-self-evident

This piece was originally created in response to the comments made about women during the 2016 election season. We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident features statements by former and current male politicians about women and their bodies to expose how political figures from across the political spectrum degrade and demean women. The work is intended to make people think about the implications of a culture where political figures use and condone such language.

This tombstone installation is part of the 50 States Initiative and was made possible by FOR FREEDOMS.

The 50 State Initiative is a non-partisan, nationwide campaign to use art as a means of inspiring broad civic participation. Along the way, they aim to build a network of artists, arts institutions and civic leaders and to map and connect the cultural and artistic infrastructure in the United States.

FOR FREEDOMS is a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists. Founded in January 2016, For Freedoms strives to model how art and discourse can urge communities into greater civic action and participation. Their mission is to blur the line between artistic and political discourse, to increase civic engagement, and to encourage open, nuanced dialogue in a partisan climate. They are a network for artists and arts institutions to become more engaged with the current political system in the United States. Visit forfreedoms.org for more information.

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