Suzanne Lacy’s 1977 project Three Weeks in May had a forceful political imperative—to bring hidden experiences of rape to public attention. For this festival, Lacy will work with scores of collaborators to revisit formative aspects of the original work. She will consider where Los Angeles is now, 30 years into the anti-rape movement, and how we will end violence against women in the coming decades. The project includes the Los Angeles Rape Map, a series of Critical Conversations, and a Closing Candlelight Reception, in addition to scores of smaller events across the region.
***FRIDAY 27 JANUARY***
3:00-5:00pm Storying Rape: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation at the Top of City Hall
Taking place high atop City Hall, this ninety-minute private conversation with nine civic and cultural leaders will focus on how the narrative of rape is shaped in our society and by whom; and ask how reframing this narrative might broaden public understanding and potentially reduce the incidence and/or harm from violence. This is a performance in the tradition of the art-life works of Los Angeles artists in the 1970s, where people enact themselves in an event that is both art and politics. More than twenty journalists will blog and tweet live on the conversation to their social media networks.
Link to join the conversation at: tinyurl.com/TWIJtweets
7:00 Candlelight Ceremony and Performance: Local Art and Global Activism, Los Angeles Police Department, 100 W. 1st St., Los Angeles 90012
This culminating event of Three Weeks in January features opportunities for private reflection and candle-lighting in memory of a person impacted by violence; connecting with participants from across the region who have contributed to the project. Join 200 activists to begin the local Los Angeles mobilization for the worldwide initiative, One Billion Women Rising. A participatory performance inside the auditorium, designed by Suzanne Lacy and members of her creative team, will feature audience participation in three “acts.”
7:00pm Candle-lighting, Map viewing, Sound installation
7:30pm Performance in Deaton Auditorium, Los Angeles Police Department