Our ancient ancestors, those cave dwellers across the world, told their stories in pictures, pushed, carved and hewn into the cold, hard cave walls. Thousands of years later, their images spring back to life and their story is told anew. We are all storytellers and every story is as priceless as the one before our very own and the one to follow.
If you want to leave your mark, it’s time to write on the wall. Writing On It All is a participatory writing project open to all interested members of the public. That means you, storyteller. The sessions are led by artists and writers, and the participants are invited to write on the interior surfaces of an out-of-use house. And no two sessions are alike. Facilitators and session members take to the walls to write, attending to the dynamics of writing as well as to pressing issues of the day. Poets, street artists, activists, choreographers and domestic workers, as well as professional writers and artists, lead experiments dealing with diverse topics, using all kinds of materials, including music and projection, charcoal and chalk and pencil and paint. Everything counts as writing.
In the last weekend of May and every weekend in June, Writing On It All returns to Governors Island for its free and open participatory art exhibits. Various artists will lead sessions, including Mariame Kaba, Laia Sole, Ana Lara and LaTasha Diggs.
The event is free and open to the public, May 27-29, June 4, June 10, June 11, June 18 and June 24-25. For directions to Governors Island and Nolan Park House, visit www.writingonitall.com.