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To Future Women

 
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To Future Women memorializes the anniversary of the Women's March in Washington DC. Created by artist Georgia Saxelby, the project invites you to write a letter to women in twenty years time.

Part art and part history, our collective trove of letters will be archived for twenty years by participating national cultural institutions in Washington DC and re-exhibited in 2037 on the 20th anniversary of the Women's March. 

To Future Women uses the platform of art to historicize one of the largest networked protests in global history while creating a time capsule for the next generation of women.

Central to the project is an acknowledgement that what a culture celebrates, memorializes and marks as significant reflects and defines who that culture is, and, most importantly, who we want to become.

 
 
To Future Women_Georgia Saxelby_photo Joe Gibson
 
 

From 7-17th May To Future Women will be coming to

Anacostia Art Center

Join us for the Opening Night on Thursday 10th May from 6-8pm at 123 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC.

 
 
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Participate

You are invited to add your letter to the archive. The project will be open for six months - until July 2018 - to receive you letter, with the postal address changing monthly. We are currently receiving letters at The Phillips Collection. Handwrite and mail your letter to the artist at:

 

To Future Women

Georgia Saxelby

c/o The Phillips Collection

1600 21st Street, NW

Washington, DC 20009

 

Consider the following questions:

In the last year since the Women’s March, what have you learned, felt or witnessed that you hadn’t before?

 

Describe an instance where you’ve become aware of the challenges or realities faced by women.

 

Describe in detail one way you hope things will be different for the woman reading your letter in 2037. How will it look and feel from her perspective?

 

Leave your name, date, age and location on your letter in case you want to find it in twenty years time.

 

Stay informed and follow the project's journey

 
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About the project

To Future Women launched at The Phillips Collection on 21st January, 2018 in Washington, DC and will continue for six months as a pop-up installation in museums and public spaces throughout Washington. Everyone - women, men and all gender identities - can contribute to this archive by mailing your letter to the artist in Washington DC.

The project seeks to reinterpret the current cooperative acts of feminine solidarity and self-expression, epitomized by the Women’s March and the #MeToo virtual movement. The archive will detail our present stories, as well as our hopes, expectations and anxieties for the future in relation to women and women’s experiences. To Future Women aims to re-activate museum spaces that were used and visited during the Women’s March while acknowledging DC as the epicentre of a protest that spread globally.

Our collective trove of letters will be digitized and made available as a whole through this virtual platform. They will be accessible to the public throughout the world only for a limited period of time before being replaced by a countdown towards 21st January 2037. Portions of our letters will be periodically made available throughout the next twenty years on dates significant to the history of women.

 
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To Future Women is supported by

Additional support comes from the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC, and Stable. Special thank you to The Phillips Collection for presenting the inaugural exhibition of To Future Women.

  To Future Women  installation at The Phillips Collection. Photo Joe Gibson

To Future Women installation at The Phillips Collection. Photo Joe Gibson

 
 

About the artist

Georgia Saxelby is a New York-based, Sydney-born artist working at the intersection of art, architecture, ritual and cultural identity. She is currently a Fellow at the art and social impact incubator, Halcyon Arts Lab, in Washington, DC. Saxelby creates participatory installations that investigate contemporary cultural relationships to women and feminine identity through ritual practices and sacred spaces.

 
 
 Artist Georgia Saxelby at The Phillips Collection on the launch of To Future Women. Photo Joe Gibson

Artist Georgia Saxelby at The Phillips Collection on the launch of To Future Women. Photo Joe Gibson