Belinda Yee – With these words (a secular prayer)

8 February, 2024

With these words (a secular prayer) is a social-practice arts project that engages directly with the theme, REFOCUS. In response to a call-out on social media, over sixty strangers volunteered 1-2 hours to handwrite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I selected this secular text because it resonates across faith, nationality, politics, history, age, gender and language. The participants came together from the Netherlands, France, England, Scotland, North America and Australia in a shared moment of care, compassion and responsibility. The texts are written in English, Korean, Chinese and French. Each is a personal, autographic drawing, a private moment, but it is also a communal activity allowing participants to refocus on love, compassion, the meaning of community and hope.