October 25, 2008

I WANT YOU: Hazel White


Tony Labat, I WANT YOU, a project for Live Art at SFMOMA. Design by MendeDesign. Photography by George Westcot.

Back on September 11th,  Tony Labat staged an event in the Wattis Theater, riffing on the iconic “I Want You” army recruitment campaigns, asking Bay Area residents to make their own demands of the public in live performances, with the audience determining the five winners via scantron-style voting. The winners have had their slogans—and their likenesses—transformed into posters which are going up all over town next week.

Hazel White is a poet, journalist, and author; most of her work addresses landscape and the poetics of habitation. More privately, until now—the mouse rushed to the email “send” button, next thing she was at the I Want You auditions—she’s a transracially adoptive parent, and a fledgling anti-racism activist. She thanks her partner, her son, and her son’s birthfamily, and The UNtraining organization for helping her to explore racism and to find her urgent new voice.

Comments (1)

  • Hazel-
    I came across some pieces you wrote for the Chron a few years ago that I really loved. I’m looking at the sub-head “A lust for order” and the following paragraphs perfectly articulate why San Francisco has always fascinated me. I’m now making art celebrating that lust, but now it’s about architecture in the Valley of the Moon. Please take a look at my website: mca-studios.com

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