OZ Art Fest
Addam Yekutieli (aka KNOW HOPE)’s Vicariously Speaking
Israeli-American street artist Addam Yekutieli (aka KNOW HOPE)’s Vicariously Speaking, commissioned by OZ Arts for OZ Art Fest, gives voice to a marginalized population. This project incorporates Yekutieli’s correspondences with inmates in Nashville prisons into text-based works extracted from letters, placed on eight billboards throughout the city.
By taking these phrases out of their original context and placing them in a new one, a newborn presence for the inmates takes place in public space and a dialogue within an interactive environment is created between two separate realities.
The billboard works have been photographed by Yekutieli in the context of their new urban surroundings. These images will be paired in a diptych with the letter from which the featured text originated, and exhibited in the entrance hallway gallery at OZ Arts throughout the festival and the month following.
As part of phase two of the project, Yekutieli is also seeking volunteers in Nashville to have words or phrases from Vicariously Speaking tattooed on them by the artist himself.
We’re looking for people from all backgrounds, walks of life and age, with a preference towards those with no visible tattoos.
The tattoos will be done by the artist, free of charge. The offer stands for a limited time only. Visit This Is Limbo for context and to see past realizations of the project.
If you would like to be part of this, please fill out the form below and include your name, age, occupation and a photo of yourself that you feel represents you best. (If you have tattoos please include photos of them and mention where they are located on the body).
Vicariously Speaking photography and written correspondence exhibition on view at OZ Arts, June 21st – August 31st.
Billboard exhibition on view throughout Nashville, June – July, 2016
1108 Gallatin Ave @ Greenwood St
701 Main St @ 7th St
8th Ave @ James Robertson Pkwy
1000 Charlotte Pike @ 10th Ave
8th Ave Nth @ Wedgewood Ave
12th Ave Sth @ Gilmore St
2504 Franklin Rd @ Craft Brewed
708 Thompson Ln (across from Hundred Oaks Mall)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Tuesday, 21 | 1 – 2pm
Addam Yekutieli (aka Know Hope) artist talk with OZ Arts Nashville Artistic Director, Lauren Snelling
Vicariously Speaking is supported by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast.
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