The I Choose, Therefore I Am Project is a peaceful protest and public art exhibition created by textile artist, curator, and activist Rachelle LeBlanc shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade in 2022. The project aims to explore textile art's subversive potential and gives artists working with textile-based an opportunity to voice the female experience concerning women's rights through art. These rights include the right to choose for herself, to live free from violence, discrimination from skin color, reproductive rights, sexual rights, including the LGBTQ+ community, and exploitation.
Textile art is a powerful form of discourse that transforms complex ideas and celebrates traditional skills while simultaneously giving importance to new innovative material processes. It is also a powerful tool for communication that helps bring difficult conversations forward through craftivism and its unique role in effecting social and environmental change.
Where there is a choice, there is a voice to choose with complete liberty and freedom for oneself. It is all-encompassing, and the heartbeat of Amnesty International's Women's Rights are Human Rights. What does this mean to you? How is this expressed through art? The answer to these questions can be found in the artworks within.
The permanent online exhibition opens on March 11, 2023.
Gallery show: Silver Street Studios at Sawyer Yards #116 - 2000 Edwards Street, Houston, Texas, 77007
Saturday, March 11, to April 30, 2023.
Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 12 to 5 pm or by appointment.
Opening reception April 8 from 4 to 7 pm.
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