The exhibit El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project by Mexican feminist artist Monica Mayer has opened at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Photo: Kevin Allen, the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The interactive installation raises questions about sexual harassment and encourages participants to share their stories. The exhibit comprises pink papers that give answers to these questions.

The museum’s director, Susan Fisher Sterling, said when welcoming 175 guests to a forum that the installation opened “at what can only be described as a historic moment of reckoning”, the Washington Post writes. The forum, which is held in conjunction with the exhibition, is part of the museum’s Women Arts and Social Change initiative.

This is not the artist’s first interactive exhibition. She held the first exhibition of this sort in Mexico in 1978. She asked women if they felt safe in their city.

The Washington installation asks five questions, among them if you ever have experienced sexual harassment or violence, what have you done to prevent it, and how do you find joy after experiencing it. After a few days, hundreds of pink cards bearing both personal and political answers were pinned to the work.

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