“In Your Own Handwriting,” An Artistic Performance by Suzanne Lacy

Participantes en el acto "De Tu Puño y Letra" en el ruedo

The Embassy, along with Fundacion Museos de la Ciudad (FMC) and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, organized “In Your Own Handwriting, Dialogues in the Arena”. The artistic performance was directed by Suzanne Lacy to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2015.

Suzanne Lacy is an American artist, educator, and writer.  She has worked in a variety of media, including installation, video, performance, public art, photography, and art books, in which she focuses on social themes and urban issues.

During her stay in Ecuador, Suzanne met with scholars and theorists who are implementing socially-engaged art educational programs.  The artistic performance in Quito consisted of men reading letters from women who have been the victims of violence out loud in a bullfighting arena.  This is the first time this type of performance has taken place in the country with the cooperation of Ecuadorian social organizations, universities, and artists.