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To Future Women

 
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To Future Women will mark the one year 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.

Why? Because 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 launched on 21st January in Washington, DC at

The Phillips Collection

We held a Panel Discussion, To Future Women: Today's Words for Tomorrow's Leaders, on February 14th - the 20th anniversary of  VDay.

With 5 experts working at the cutting edge of gender issues, we discussed the culture we're working to become, taking queues from participants letters to future women.

 
 

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. Until 1 March, we are 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?

 

 

Stay informed and follow the project's journey

 
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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.

Photo Kristin Adair

Photo Kristin Adair

 

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

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. More photos here. Photo Kristin Adair

To Future Women installation at The Phillips Collection. More photos here. Photo Kristin Adair

 

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