Grant Summary
Support for Nuestra Tierra, Mi Cuerpo, a Monument Quilt display at the US/Mexico border in collaboration La Casa Mandarina and Latinx survivors of rape and abuse.
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Artist Statement
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture creates public art to face the realities and root causes of sexual violence while envisioning a world where sex is empowering and pleasurable rather than coercive and violent. FORCE is nationally known for producing large-scale public art actions that generate media attention, capture the public imagination, and get millions of people talking.  The collective's most current project is the Monument Quilt, an ongoing collection of survivors of sexual and domestic violence, written, painted and stitched onto red quilt squares. Our stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. It will blanket the National Mall in 2018.
  • To Be Heard, 2016, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Red fabric, paint, survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Courtesy of the artist.

  • The Monument Quilt in Quapaw, OK, 2014, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Stories from survivors of sexual and domestic violence, red fabric. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Not Alone Baltimore, 2016, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Stories from survivors of sexual and domestic violence, red fabric, North Avenue in Baltimore. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Monument Quilt square, 2015, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, Fabric. Courtesy of the artist.