© Yana Schnitzler HUMAN KINETICS 2019

Open Call

Submission Deadline: March 30th, 2020

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. I’d like to celebrate the centennial by making the personal political. “Letting go” is a visual art exhibition and performance event that uses the power of ritual to bring women together in a collective release of fears, beliefs, or patterns that no longer serve their personal growth. 


Like a snake that sheds its skin when it’s outgrown, what is it that you’re yearning to shed? What old habits, deep fears or beliefs do you feel like you’re ready to let go of because they no longer serve you in your personal growth? What is it, that hinders you from shattering your own glass ceiling?

I invite you to write down what you wish to let go of on a piece of fabric of your choice. Make it a ceremony by choosing a fabric you like or that you feel supports your intention; It can be a brand-new piece of beautiful color or simply a piece of an old blouse, about the size of a sheet of paper. Pick a pen you love to write down the words. Sign it with your first name, or keep it anonymous. It’s your choice. Most importantly, I’d love for you to make it a celebration to honor yourself!!


Mail it to:

Yana Schnitzler

50 Lexington Ave #244

New York, NY 10010

Submission deadline: March 30th, 2020

I will hand-sew these pieces of fabric into a room-filling skirt in a gallery window in New York City’s Garment District in June 2020. A ritualized event that unites women from all across the country, the garment will be a tapestry of personal stories reflecting where women stand today and what struggles we face. As the sacred object it is, it will be exhibited over the summer 2020, to culminate in a ritual performance where the skirt, which represents the collective fears and obstacles of us women, will be publicly burnt in a powerful symbol of letting go. 


If you sign up for my newsletter, I will send you project updates, including an invitation to the final performance.


Thank you!


Yana Schnitzler HUMAN KINETICS