Widowsweave Project

Widowsweave  is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter.  Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of widows from almost 30 years of war, tyranny and  sanctions.  Why three million?  That is the number used by the Iraqi Minister for Women’s Affairs upon her resignation early in 2009 when her budget was cut to $18,000/year.

The project plans to include a variety of fundraising techniques as well to donate to partnered charities which will benefit Iraqi widows through educating the public, assisting and training widows and opening dialogue about the issues surrounding the vulnerability of widows.

Check out the blog: www.birddenoftruth.com

Current Widowsweave Performance: Widowsweave: 3 Million Lines through May 15th – 1104 South Wabash, Chicago – 2nd floor (in back)

Prior Widows Performances:

7th Anniversary of Mission Accomplished Ceremonial Performances 5/1/10
Panel Discussion: Women Artists in Muslim Society 4/30/10

Widowsweave: Peace – Election Day in Iraq – Peace & al Salam are drawn into the sand for each elected position

Widowsweave: 43 Days – Drawing 430,000 lines in the sand to mark the anniversary of Operation Desert Storm  – through February 28th – www.birddenoftruth.com

Veteran’s Day 2009 -4362 Lines for US Casualties

11/7/09 Action Day with Core Project, Jaber Alturfee & Body Rewired

Afghan War Anniversary -800 lines for eight years

Iran-Iraq War Anniversary -2900 lines on September 22nd

Lines in the Sand – first Widows: Lines in the Sand Performance

Widows Chalkweave 6 – interactive performance with projection and chalkboard – on YouTube