Multi-media installation with sound, 2016 10' x 10' x 10'
Mz. Direct (Jeanne Phillipp/Judith Huacuja/Susan Byrnes/Tess Cortés)
This collaboration aims to overcome a societal taboo against talking about money. Women may feel vulnerable in their ability to gain capital--both economic and social--or to individually voice concerns about money and its relationship to independence, power, even survival.
Communities of women met during the fall and winter of 2015-16 to voice feelings of economic vulnerability and/or empowerment. Their round table discussions in the form of "Story Circles" were recorded, then transcribed (to preserve anonymity). Text fragments, pulled from the story circle recordings, are gathered/reread/remixed and woven into a polyphonic text of layered verse. Each "Story Circle" participant brought an economic-related memory object that was photographed during the circle sessions. The photographs (memory objects with brief, handwritten text on each photograph) are spatially repeated and tonally diminished, suggestive of their power to persist through memory. Photographs of handwritten text, scattered upon the floor, allude to the empowering process of writing and story-telling.
photo credits: Liz Dodson, Susan Byrnes, Tess Cortés