"To Future Women" is a 20 year time capsule of letters written to the next generation of women. An ongoing interactive artwork by Halcyon Arts Lab artist Georgia Saxelby, "To Future Women" memorializes the anniversary of the Women's March through the platform of art.
The project invites participants across America and the world to write a letter to women in 20 years time. Part art and part history, these letters will be archived for 20 years at The Phillips Collection and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and re-exhibited in 2037 on the 20th anniversary of the Women's March. To Future Women has been a six month long roaming project throughout Washington collecting letters in person and by mail with the support of local museums, galleries, arts organizations and artists.
Acknowledging Washington as the epicenter of a protest that spread globally, To Future Women launched at The Phillips Collection on the one year anniversary of the Women’s March. It has been a six month long roaming project throughout Washington collecting letters in person and by mail with the support of local museums, galleries, arts organizations and artists, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Anacostia Art Center. Several hundred letters in nine languages have been received thus far. Saxelby is currently presenting a solo exhibition at IA&A at Hillyer that transforms letters received throughout the project into an artistic sacred space from June 1 - July 1. The To Future Women installation at By The People is the last stop on the project's journey throughout Washington before the archive closes on June 30th.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, as well as, IA&A at Hillyer, the Australian Embassy, and Halcyon Arts Lab.
Georgia Saxelby is a Sydney-born, US-based installation artist whose practice investigates ritual behavior and symbolic actions as vehicles for social transformation. Her work, rooted in participatory and feminist practices traverses sculpture, architecture and performance, and explores ritual as a contested space that can be re-contextualized to negotiate present and future identities. Addressing women’s agency, identities and resistance within male-dominated contexts is an increasingly urgent drive within Saxelby's practice, whose current body of work examines acts of protest and dissent among communities of women, drawing from the Women's March and #MeToo movements.
Saxelby is currently an fellow at the art and social change incubator Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington, DC.
She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Concentration of the School of Architecture at Catholic University of America. In 2016-17, Saxelby worked with the renowned architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and was awarded three prominent artist grants to undertake a series of international sacred space mentorships and residencies. In 2017, Saxelby was chosen to speak at the ninth International Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium on her practice.
Georgia Saxelby is a Halcyon Arts Lab fellow. For more information about Halcyon Arts Lab, click here.