Sidney Stretz (Greensboro, NC) 
Elsewhere Goes To Madison
April 2018. Photographs & real life observations, ink, paper, xerox copies.

“Waving to your neighbors is a customary sign that you belong to a place. Individuals have expressed this greeting (when traveling to and from) in a myriad of ways, from short gestures to exaggerated movements.”

After studying and noting a variety of greetings used within small neighborhoods and rural regions in Madison, NC and surrounding areas, Stretz illustrated diagrams of the symbols of rightful place for audiences to recreate site-specific ways of saying “Hello.” These greetings range from frequently used to rare, and are all acceptable as a way to communicate with your neighbor.

Installed inside of Box Tire Mobile (a 35-foot bus renovated to exhibit works for the town’s Bicentennial), Instructions On Waving acknowledges questions and experiences that address community, trust, property, and change.

This project is funded by an award from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.