Saturday, August 17, 2019
1:00-4:00 p.m.

In celebration of Charlotte PRIDE, McColl Center hosts VALIDnation by visiting artist Stacey L. Kirby.

VALIDnation is an ongoing interactive performance art piece that explores civil rights and the validity of communities, families, and individuals throughout the United States. The work was initially motivated by the threats posed to North Carolinians by Amendment One, which banned civil rights for same-sex families. VALIDnation continues to evolve in opposition to legislation that limits the LGBTQ community’s rights, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, and women’s access to healthcare.

During the performance, the Civil Validation Officer invites the public to fill out a Civil Validation Notification card that describes their family, lifestyle, or partnership. The officer then evaluates each response and determines their validity within the community. Participants walk away with physical proof of validation and all completed Civil Validation cards are sent to a North Carolina legislator of their choice.

Marie Garlock, Stacey L. Kirby, and Em Pike. Photo by Em Pike. Courtesy of the artist.

Kirby was invited to McColl Center by our fall 2019 visiting curator, Laura Ritchie, who also proudly identifies as a member of the queer community. Kirby and Ritchie will be available after the performance to meet with participants and visitors before joining the Charlotte PRIDE Festival uptown.

VALIDnation performance: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Post-performance reception: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

About the artist
Stacey L. Kirby is a queer artist from the American South based in Durham, North Carolina. For over a decade, Kirby has combined installation and performance to create ‘performative interactions’ in alternative, private, and public spaces. Fueled by the current political climate and ethnographic research, her work addresses issues of identity, citizenship, and civil rights. Kirby believes in freedom through creative embodiment and invites visitors to become active participants in her work to empower the voice within all of us. Kirby is a recipient of the ArtPrize Eight Juried Grand Prize (2016).