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Spiritus: Obergefell v Hodges
Spiritus: Obergefell v Hodges
plastic bags, breath, transcripts of oral arguments, decision, and dissents in Obergefell v Hodges, string, hardware

Exhibited at McClain Gallery, Houston.

On March 23, 2023 over the course of nine hours we read aloud the complete transcript of oral arguments, the majority decision, and three dissenting opinions from Obergefell v Hodges (the 2015 case that found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.) As we read, we captured our breath in yellow bags, tied each one and suspended it from a single point, transforming the text into a physical volume of breath. The bags were left inflated for three hours before they were cut open, releasing our breath.