SOP is also the next step in the evolution of ArtUp, moving to build an international network of artistic exchange based in Pittsburgh. The Egyptian prototype took place as the U.S. entered the 10th anniversary of 911, as the revolution broke out in Egypt, stimulating the Occupy Movement here in the States, and lastly while both countries went into an election for a new leader. This made the artistic dialogue all that much more rooted in change and fueled passionate points of views.
Similarly, to the Egypt project, La Follette chose countries in conflict and politically minded artists to interact with. As the world is evolving and as the project title (Sites of Passage) alludes to, La Follette asked these artists to take a Rite of Passage towards a world that does not build walls, define borders and where everyone is a citizen. The artists all agreed that this project had to be about human rights.