Proposal for a 28th Amendment? Is it Possible to Amend an Unequal System?
Proposal for a 28th Amendment? Is it Possible to Amend an Unequal System?, collaboration with Alex Strada 2021- (Queens iteration 2021-2022), participatory installation with sonic soapbox sculptures, recording booth, evolving oral archive, six 4K videos, and five 60x120” canvas banners, Queens Museum, Flushing, NY
Proposal for a 28th Amendment? Is it Possible to Amend an Unequal System? is made in collaboration with Alex Strada. In this multi-media work, we ask visitors to critically engage with the U.S. Constitution and pose two questions: What 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would you propose? And: Do you think it is possible to amend an unequal system?
Central to the installation are sonic soapbox sculptures that build upon the history of the soapbox as a site of collective struggle, while also emphasizing listening, mutuality, and access. These objects emit an in-progress oral archive of responses to the project’s questions that have been recorded by visitors and will accrue over the course of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to engage by listening and by using the recording booth to add to this work.
The installation is activated through a series of public workshops we have planned with community partners and legal scholars from the CUNY law school. These gatherings bring people together to collectively consider, question, and debate systemic repair, radical change, and abolition to radically imagine more equitable futures. More information about the project can be found here at the Queens Museum Website. And, here you can listen to a call-in segment on WNYC's Brian Lehrer show.
The project traveled to YBCA where a new site specific integration was on view from October 2022 to March 2023. More information about the YBCA iteration is available here.