Sculptural, durational and designed for public space, the performance opens with Longva+Carpenter standing back-to-back in matching saffron dresses with extra-long trains. The women walk apart, so slowly, their movement almost imperceptible; over many hours, more is gradually revealed as the long train connects them. The dress extends, shifting its scope from garment to banner, from body to assembly. The unfurling line of the dress becomes a mark, a measure, a bond and a lure. Line is further considered as a vector of lineage through history, echoing the many women’s movements into our current context. The women, resilient and determined, tug the dress to full tension; then the pink text can be read. After researching many inspiring slogans of the historic suffragettes, the artists chose a quotation from female writer Ryan Graudin to include a contemporary and inclusive political vernacular; here is a silence broken. The sculptural garment, claiming space and reclaiming our voice, serves as both a protest sign and a signifier of protest. Today’s feminist discourse is compiled of many actions, conversations and declarations of the past. This conceptual layering through time becomes a visible repeat in the oversized and shared dress, suggesting this moment as a metaphor of moments past, and the direction of moving into our shared future. This is our “Lineage.”

Terese Longva & Laurel Jay Carpenter


Country/Region USA, Norway

Artists Longva + Carpenter

Partners Supported by a STEP travel grant, European Cultural Foundation/Compagnia di San Paolo

08 06 2019 14:30
Where Plaza