"#chair", 2018

Liliana Bloch Gallery, Dallas, TX

#chair is a slightly smaller than actual size lifeguard chair. The chair’s cross braces are printed with popular social media hashtags used to draw attention to important cultural issues affecting women. Binoculars tied to the arms of the chair suggest the duty of a lifeguard, as well as viewers of #chair, to gain a broadened perspective onto the wider world.

#chair (view through gallery window)
wood, vinyl letters, binoculars, rope
Dimensions: 30´´W x 30´´D x 72´´H

#chair (view in gallery foyer)
wood, vinyl letters, binoculars, rope
Dimensions: 30´´W x 30´´D x 72´´H

left: #chair; right: #wegohigh; #metoo; #staywoke; #enough; #timesup
wood, vinyl letters, binoculars, rope
Dimensions of chair: 30´´W x 30´´D x 72´´H; dimensions of individual rungs: 4´´H x 30´´L x 2´´D

#wegohigh; #metoo; #staywoke; #enough; #timesup
wood, vinyl letters
Dimensions: 4´´H x 30´´L x 2´´D each

Hashtags Meanings:
"When someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don't stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high." ~First Lady Michelle Obama
One of the earliest feminist hashtags to gain popularity on Twitter. Meaning “feminism 2.0,” it’s generally been used to tag interesting articles or conversations about the future of feminism. 
Lean In is a global community dedicated to helping women achieve their ambitions. Visit leanin.org to find resources and join a Lean In Circle.
Author Courtney Summers popularized #ToTheGirls in April 2015, starting the hashtag as a way for older women to share words of wisdom and encouragement to teenage girls grappling with the sometimes harmful, sexist messaging they receive everyday. The hashtag resulted in thousands of inspiring tweets and messages hinging on confidence, body image, and self-love. 
This hashtag was introduced on January 1, 2018 and has soared in popularity since then. “The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It’s time to do something about it,” says TimesUpNow.com, which is an online resource for victims of sexual harassment, allies and advocates. The Times Up Legal Defense Fund also provides subsidized legal support for women seeking justice for sexual harassment in the workplace.
An initiative to address sexual assault on college campuses.
The United Nations began the He For She program in March of 2014, but Emma Watson brought this hashtag to the forefront during the Summer of 2014 as the United Nations Woman Goodwill Ambassador. This campaign was meant as a call to action to men to fight alongside women for equity between the sexes. Many male celebrities, such as Tom Hiddleston and Steve Carrell, jumped on board in support of the movement.
Officially unveiled as the slogan for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2011, it was not until 2016 that the hashtag became popular. As celebrities such as Katy Perry and Amy Schumer adopted the #ImWithHer hashtag to show their support for Senator Clinton, people all over the U.S. followed suite. It carried a feminist message because Hillary Clinton was the first female candidate to ever make it this close to the presidency.
In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee, watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th academy awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: ‘The winner is Sidney Poitier.’ Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that and I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid, watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation is in Sidney's performance in Lilies of the Field: ‘Amen, amen.’” Oprah Winfrey accepting 2018 Golden Globe Award.
Strong Confident Woman. Popular motivational quote.
"Such a nasty woman" was a phrase used by 2016 American presidential candidate Donald Trump referring to opponent Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate. The phrase made worldwide news and became a viral call for some women voters and has also launched a feminist movement by the same name.
The Me Too movement (or "#MeToo", with local alternatives in other languages) spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of  sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.
Truth to Power Cafe is a global platform for free speech and political activism. 
It was a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone.

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