“Thoughts, fleeting and fragmentary – slogans, catch-phrases and images give us pause, prompt us to think (differently), re-frame the moment. These banners raise questions, entertain, provoke, they ask those passing by to engage, to respond, to stay active.”
– A.M. Homes
Word on the Street is an ongoing text-based art initiative produced and curated by House of Trees directly responding to the current political climate with original political and poetic banners created by all-female artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas.
Current collaborators include Laurie Anderson, Tania Bruguera, Anne Carson, Jenny Holzer, House of Trees, A.M. Homes, Amy Khoshbin, Wangechi Mutu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lara Schnitger, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Arts collective House of Trees originally created Word on the Street as a series of felt protest banners for the Women’s March on Washington in 2017. These works have been made through a collaborative process between an all-female group of writers, artists, and refugee seamstresses in an attempt to demonstrate art’s ability to shape society while recognizing, recording and honoring the voices of women. As the project continues, each new banner created speaks to the current moment, creating an archive of urgent individual and community needs and responses. Word on the Street squarely frames the protest banner as an archetype for synergizing pictorial design with poetic / polemic text to create an object that exists both as an institutional art object and resistance object for use in the streets. The project’s aim is to draw attention to and ultimately dismantle a wall that often separates art from politics.