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One Love: Peace Monuments Project/Installation
20 Jan 2002
Yesterday, Dagger, the queer women’s theater troupe of the Theater Offensive, began their Peace Monuments Project. The monuments will be up at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont St., Back Bay T stop) until Friday, January 25, from 9am-5pm.
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Yesterday, Dagger, the queer women’s theater troupe of the Theater Offensive, began their Peace Monuments Project. The monuments will be up at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont St., Back Bay T stop) until Friday, January 25, from 9am-5pm.
Many of the ways we express dissent seem cliché these days: people barely notice a group of protesters standing on a street corner chanting long enough to read their signs. The juxtaposition between art and radical politics creates a nonviolent space in which we can find new ways of protesting, communicate with people from all political beliefs, and eventually, as is always the purpose, create radical social change.

Yesterday, Dagger, the queer women’s theater troupe of the Theater Offensive, began their Peace Monuments Project. The monuments will be up at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont St., Back Bay T stop) until Friday, January 25. Dagger created this project in order to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Some of the pieces are interactive. “Oil Rigged”, by Sady Sullivan, consists of a five-foot tall newspapered oil rig, standing on a rough map of the world, with George W Bush at the top. Photos of angry people are slowly climbing up the oil rig, and a polaroid camera sits at the bottom, for anyone who wants to show their anger or frustration at the corporate media, economic injustices, or just all those American flags, can add their own photo.

Not that all American flags are reactionary. In an attempt to reclaim the flag for something besides knee-jerk nationalism, Tinuviel created an American flag out of sixty-four squares, each of which has the word “peace” written on it in a different language. (Okay, so some languages are repeated. Nevertheless, it’s the first flag that hasn’t made me angry in months.)

Other pieces in the installation include a multi-breasted Goddess of Transformation and Peace, and a rotating icon tower with mix-and-match portraits of Audre Lorde, Mother Jones, Aung San Suu Kyi, and, of course, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday’s performances also included an open mic, poetry readings, and pieces developed by members of Dagger. Fools for Peace passed out baggies filled with dried legumes, and exhorted the audience to spin the bags above their heads, so that the entire room could visualize whirled peas (world peace). Gayle Stern’s video of previous Dagger performances in South Station and Jamaica Plain played in the background.

Dagger writes pieces collectively. The subject of past pieces include nonviolence, queer marriage, and sexual harassment on the T. The One Love installation differs from other Dagger endeavors in that it is a conglomeration of individual member’s projects around one theme. However, Dagger plans to be back in the street soon, “liberating a space near you”.
See also:
www.thetheateroffensive.org
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