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.
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
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.
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To Future Women is about creating echoes.
It is about generating our own histories by passing down our own stories. It is about acknowledging the women who will come after us by acknowledging our collective role in creating their future.
Ultimately, this project is about focusing our attention for a moment on who we want to become as a culture. We want future women to hear us speak, loudly. We want them to know we were thinking of them.
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.
To Future Women is supported by
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.