Although every wedding may feel like a major production, one couple is creating a performance piece out of their big day—all in the name of marriage equality.
Fleur Pierets and Julian P. Boom, a queer couple who form the artistic duo J.F. Pierets, are planning a wedding in each of the 24 countries where same-sex marriage is legal. Although they are keeping some details a secret until the final work is finished in October 2018, Pierets and Boom are clear on why they’re having two dozen weddings: they want to show the world the state of LGBTQ rights and marriage equality.
“Not many people are aware of the fact that there are so few countries where same-sex marriage is legalized,” Pierets told HuffPost. “We figured that marriage and love―something that everyone can relate to―is a perfect starting point to raise awareness.”
Pierets and Boom married in Belgium in 2012. When they decided to create this project—aptly named “22"—only 22 countries had legalized same-sex marriage. Then, Germany and Malta joined the movement in June and July, respectively. Just last week, Australia announced a mail-in vote on marriage equality that would not change legislation, but will serve as a gauge of public opinion for lawmakers.
Although it seems the list is growing quickly, there are still 170 countries worldwide that do not accept same-sex marriage. According to the project’s website, at this rate same-sex marriage wouldn’t be accepted in every nation until the year 2142—125 YEARS FROM NOW!
The duo will call the project “22” not just as a reflection of how many countries had legalized same-sex marriage at the time of the project’s release, but as a time-capsule: “Our work is trying to capture current times and how the world functions on the level of gay and gender equality―how it is changing and evolving,” Boom told HuffPost.
What does it take to get married in 24 countries over the course of a year? The first step for Pierets and Boom was to pack light. The couple has been living in Spain for three years, but have sold nearly all of their possessions. Each of them will live out of a single suitcase starting in September, when they will travel to the United States for their first wedding. After that, they will head to the Netherlands, spending two weeks there and in each other country before wrapping up in New Zealand.
Traveling together for over a year will likely come with challenges, but the duo is “looking very much forward to all the shifts that will―hopefully―happen while on the road.”
Follow their itinerary and learn more about the project here.