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"Everything She Says Means Everything" is the name of Spencer Tunick’s latest art installation. 100 women gathered together in protest and for art in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.
1,800 women signed up to take part; however, only 100 could actually get involved due to space restrictions. On Sunday, July 17th, packed into the private space and given mirrors, each woman reflected the sun back into the convention center where key Republican politicians would see them. This was the perfect balance between protecting the project in a private area and also getting public attention.
The finished piece wasn’t about a single photo from Spencer. It was about the moment and what it represented, a fleeting art installation: women stepping out of their comfort zone, empowering each other, and loving themselves for it. One participant said in her statement:
I am a wife, mother, and medical professional who is passionate about showing women the love and support they are entitled to. In this country, I am watching my fellow humans lose hope and self love on a daily basis.
The purpose? To shine a light on reproductive health and stop repressive discourse within politics. The project aimed to connect Spencer’s incredible art style with a motivated and ongoing political movement. However, in this case, it was more specific than a feminist protest: it was a direct approach to politicians, especially in the wake of recent changes in the GOP.
Republicans, Democrats, and all other political parties were welcome to take part reflecting their anger through art against the hateful, repressive rhetoric of many in the Republican Party towards women and minorities.
Whether you agree that it was effective or not arguably shouldn’t matter. "Everything She Says Means Everything" is a well-meaning art installation that brought women together and is a testament to creative art in Cleveland. For more statements from the participants and to see the other documented images, please visit the project's website.
Images used with permission of Lindsey Byrnes. Video by Joshua Louis Simon.