Please tell me a story about love
performative, participatory action
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.
More images to come!