VALIDnation

Stacey L. Kirby (Durham, NC)

On May, 8th 2012, 61.04%* of the citizens of North Carolina voted for a divisive and discriminatory amendment that broke my heart. The passing of Amendment One altered our state’s constitution and redefined marriage to exclude my queer community:

AN ACT TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE THAT MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN IS THE ONLY DOMESTIC LEGAL UNION THAT SHALL BE VALID OR RECOGNIZED IN THIS STATE.

But I am proud to say that I am a part of the 38.96% that attempted to defeat Amendment One and I am committed to calling attention to this hate legislation. As an artist, I channel my frustration about the denial of our civil rights into a nationally focused performative interaction in the streets. My newest work, VALIDnation, is an ongoing interactive performance art piece exploring civil rights and the validity of communities, families, and individuals throughout the United States.

As the Civil Validation Officer during the performance of VALIDnation, I ask the public to fill out a Civil Validation Notification card describing their FAMILY/LIFESTYLE/PARTNERSHIP. As the officer on duty, my job is to determine each participants’ VALIDITY in the community based on their description. If approved, a large VALID stamp is placed over the participants’ response in red ink. All completed Civil Validation cards are mailed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm the validity of all relationships in our country.

As I perform VALIDnation, my “political performative” fire continues to burns as our nation’s states pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage (12 as of May 21st) and the U.S. Supreme Court Justices write opinions about same-sex marriage to be revealed in late June. We are experiencing a huge awakening in our communities and country. Now is the time to use our creative skills to cultivate more conversations about supporting one another’s ability to love – regardless of gender, race or sexuality. Included in this publication is a Civil Validation Notification Card. Take the time to fill out the card, add a stamp and send your validity to your Supreme Court as they consider same-sex marriage in the United States. Now is the time to let your voice be heard!

(*34.66% of registered NC citizens voted.)

Stacey L. Kirby is a performance and installation artist living in Durham, NC. www.stacey-kirby.com VALIDnation is supported by the Durham Arts Council.

DOWNLOAD a VALIDnation Card (PDF)

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