I March in The Parade of Liberty but As Long As I Love You I'm Not Free


Sharon Hayes ( American, 1970 )

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General Description

I March in the Parade of Liberty, but as Long as I Love You I’m Not Free was a set of speeches by Sharon Hayes, performed in the streets of New York City over 8 days between December 2007 and January 2008. Hayes stands as a lone demonstrator reciting a love letter to an unnamed “you” and lamenting their ended relationship, which she blames on an unspecified war. The address recycles slogans from protests and platitudes about love, which at times are indistinguishable from each other. More than a conflation of personal and political, this “speech act”—as Hayes calls it—is an articulation of disillusion­ment, and a public expression that resists increasing social isolation and inability to communicate.

Excerpt from

  • Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 253.

Web Resources

  • The Guggenheim
    Learn more about Sharon Hayes and her performances.

  • Creative Time
    Watch Sharon Hayes discuss her practice at the 2009 Creative Time Summit, entitled Revolutions in Public Practice.