Following the election of Donald Trump, thousands of post-it notes are filling the NYC subways with messages of anger, sadness, hope, and calls for tolerance. As Hyper Allergic reports, artist Matthew Chavez started this movement, called “Subway Therapy,” as a ” space for therapeutic listening and discussion.” It’s spread beyond the subways to places like Toronto stations and high school bathrooms.
via Hyper Allergic:
While the sticky notes have spread to stations in Toronto, women’s bathrooms in high schools, and in the NYC subway cars, the movement began with artist Matthew Chavez’s Subway Therapy. His project, which offers a space for therapeutic listening and discussion in the New York City subway, existed before the election, and took on a new energy when he set up last Wednesday in the tunnel between Sixth and Seventh Avenues at 14th Street. By Saturday, a strong outpost had appeared in the Union Square station, and I even spotted a small installation in the elevator of Hunter College, with one note photographed and enlarged from the subway that read: “Love each other. Fight back. Make art. Just make art.”
Hyperallergic reached out to Chavez, who also goes by Levee, for his response to the Subway Therapy project’s expansion. He responded:
It’s been so wonderful to see other people getting behind messages of love and inclusion. In the last week people all over the world have felt fearful and uncertain about the future. I’m happy that people have responded to that by making visible representations of our love for each other. These kinds of projects are showing up in cities in the US, but there are ripples affecting the international community. I’ve heard of walls popping up in Canada, and I’ve heard about interest in London. Sometimes when our trust in each other is destabilized we need to be reminded that we are all on the same team and we need to support each other. We need to prevent people from isolating themselves because they are afraid. We grow and connect through dynamic conversation, and I am elated to see the world doing that through this project.
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