I joined with the Aaron Burr Society and Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely for an intervention/ celebration of Mother's Day and blessing on the East River. "Queen Mother of Reality" is a monumental sculpture sited at Socrated Sculpture Park, mean as a symbol to protect all mothers from eviction. It's based on Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely- present community Mayor of Harlem and UN Goodwill Ambassador to Africa and currently fighting eviction from her own home. After the work was installed at Performa and then Socrates Sculpture Park, we felt that an intervention was needed to re-politicize and re-activate the massive sculture. We created two gifts: a necklage and a throne which were both "given to the sculpture" in a public ceremony.
The reclining sculpture, was envisioned by Pawel Althamer and his team of Polish artists working with NYC artists Noah Fischer and Jim Costanzo (Aaron Burr Society) in November 2013. The background: we met Pawel at the 7th Berlin Biennial. Queen Mother had previously collaborated on Occupy Museums actions, and I brought her into the project as muse.
The team who created the sculpture also includes Roman Stańczak, Rafal Zwirek, and and the artist’s sons Bruno Althamer and Szymon Althamer, Brian Fernandes-Halloran, Jacob Cohen, as well as members of the community. When it came to Socrates, it was rendered even more beautiful and safe for the pubic by Lars Fisk and others.
We would like to thank Pawel Althamer for his generosity, Performa, Socrates Sculture Park and to all the Mothers in the World