Aug 06, 2014
One participant covers a NYC subway window with sticky notes.
On 7/30/14 from 12:30 - 2:30pm, six people flooded New York City subway cars with sticky notes of hand images from Project Voice's website paired with statements as straightforward as "Abortion is nothing to be ashamed of" and as poetic as Muriel Rukeyser's "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open." The notes were written in both English and Spanish. An effort to destigmatize abortion, this nomadic exhibition was funded by the Abortion Conversation Project.
Participants faced a range of responses: One man furiously removed a bunch of sticky notes, a woman expressed gratitude for these messages, a child asked for a note to bring home, some passengers took photos, some expressed anger, and others voiced support for the project. An MTA worker offered tips on how to not get arrested while a street performer gave our participants a shout-out: "Give it up for the sticker ladies!"
Nov 17, 2013
Project Voice is the recipient of a grant from the Abortion Conversation Project! This funding will support Project Voice's upcoming "Everyone Knows Someone" guerilla art campaign that aims to spark unexpected conversations about abortion throughout New York City. The campaign will counter subway advertisements that present women--specifically low-income, minority women-- who have unplanned pregnancies as pitied, alone, and naive.
As an extension of Project Voice's mission, the "Everyone Knows Someone" campaign will, through the proliferation and curation of aesthetic words and images, talk back to these ads and present women who have abortions as diverse, ethical, powerful, and belonging to a large community. Project Voice's campaign hopes to reduce the stigma surrounding abortion while potentially generating conversations about abortion in unexpected ways.
Many thanks to the Abortion Conversation Project for making this project possible, and for funding other wonderful projects working towards the same goal. You can read about them here.