Please Tell Me A Story About Love

Please tell me a story about love is a performative action in which I set up in public spaces with a sign that requests passerby to "please tell me a story about love." The action itself is an artwork as well as a means for collecting ethnographic research on narrative and loving that then becomes the basis for additional work. In the short time that strangers spontaneously decide to trust me--and I them--they become participant-collaborators, and our interaction is documented depending on their comfort levels: photographs of us talking, an audio recording of our conversation, and their writing in a book how they want to describe their story and who they are.

Focusing on how loving or losing love is a common human experience that unites us despite outward or cultural differences, Please tell me a story about love is a momentary gesture in trust and compassion that has greater implications: through care, empathy, and respect we find sustaining alternatives to approaching the world and each other.

The images below chronicle some of the actions, including moments in Shanghai, China; Springfield, Illinois, USA; Santiago, Chile; Edmonton, Canada; and Grand Rapids, MI, USA

invitationinvitation who/what do/did you love? Waiting for participationWaiting for participation Shanghai, China ShiLin/Jack from ChinaShiLin/Jack from China Shanghai University Park, Shanghai Wen Yan/Adele from ChinaWen Yan/Adele from China Shanghai University Park, Shanghai Hai Ming/Iris from ChinaHai Ming/Iris from China Shanghai University Park, Shanghai gentleman from Chinagentleman from China Shanghai University Park, Shanghai Victoria from ChinaVictoria from China The Bund, Shanghai Wen Wen & Cindy from China, JapanWen Wen & Cindy from China, Japan Xu Jia Hui Park, Shanghai Talking to interested peopleTalking to interested people Xu Jia Hui Park, Shanghai De Ming from ChinaDe Ming from China Xu Jia Hui Park, Shanghai Nan/Irene from ChinaNan/Irene from China Jing'An Park, Shanghai Biscotto Woo from ChinaBiscotto Woo from China Jing'An Park, Shanghai Li Yan from ChinaLi Yan from China Jing'An Park, Shanghai Xiaolong/Paul from ChinaXiaolong/Paul from China Xu Jia Hui Park, Shanghai por favor, cuentame una historiapor favor, cuentame una historia awaiting participation in Santiago Ezequiel from ArgentinaEzequiel from Argentina Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago, Chile Mariana from ArgentinaMariana from Argentina Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago, Chile Sofia from SwitzerlandSofia from Switzerland Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago, Chile Franny and Theo from FranceFranny and Theo from France Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago, Chile Enalda and her husband from BrazilEnalda and her husband from Brazil Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago, Chile Josef from EthiopiaJosef from Ethiopia Edmonton, Alberta, CA 5/16 Tristan from AlbertaTristan from Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, CA 5/16 Jean from HaitiJean from Haiti Edmonton, Alberta, CA 5/16 JakeJake The Moon, Grand Rapids, MI Emily from Michigan, USAEmily from Michigan, USA The Moon, Grand Rapids, MI 7/16 Josh from Michigan, USAJosh from Michigan, USA The Moon, Grand Rapids, MI 7/16