The World Letter

(Texte en français, cliquez ici)  Hi! I am Cocovan, a 31 years old French-Iranian female artist. In May 2017, my life changed forever when I decided one day to set up a desk in the street, and write my love letter to the world. Unexpectedly, passers-by joined me and started adding their love letters to the world as well. A Chinese man, a German couple, a Syrian family...  And then, it clicked! If there ever was a love letter to the world to be done,  it should be written by... the whole world! 

I decided to turn this into an ongoing piece, "The World Letter ",  and that it would only be complete when I find 1 person from EVERY COUNTRY (196) to sign it.

I've been living on the road since, and managed to bring The World Letter to more than 30 cities around the world. Paris, Rome, Bogota, New York, Mexico City...  inviting everyone to write a love letter to the world, on an ever-growing scroll of paper.


43516878_1574368624484550_r.jpegNew York

Beyond the streets, I've also brought the Letter to high schools, social centers, orphanages, convents or art shows...  bringing together people from all paths of life. Famous participants include the singer SZA, the poet Rupi Kaur, or actor and activist Mark Ruffalo. 

43516878_1574368923842843_r.jpegMark Ruffalo (and I)

43516878_1574376701443976_r.jpegSchool in Isla Popa Dos, Bocas Del Toro, Panama

The World Letter is inclusive of EVERYONE, and can't be accurate if it doesn't represent all of humanity,  so I brought it to more remote places, too. The indigenous people Ngäbe in Panama (above), and Kogi in Colombia, are also part of this giant testimony of love.

43516878_1574373842819382_r.jpegSierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

The World Letter kept getting longer and longer, and now spans over... 1500 feet (460 meters)! To give you an idea, that's the size of the Empire State Building! Today, 21,000 people have participated to The World Letter.

Meeting so many people and collecting their love letters, has been the most extraordinary adventure - and I'm truly falling in love with the world, and with our planet, a little more everyday. 

But recently... I burned out. Because behind the scenes, the work needed to pull all of this off is enormous, and doesn't allow a day off. I've been funding the entire project myself, with my own savings, working side jobs, living on the road with no stability—and I can't go on anymore. It was my own survival VS the existence of the Letter.

I realized, that since The World Letter is a collective effort by definition, then why not ask the World to help me continue? And we should continue! Because today, 133 nationalities* are already represented on The World Letter! That's only 63 countries before it's complete, which will be a first in history, and a statement of peace from all of humanity. *note: I didn't travel to 133 countries-these are the nationalities of the participants)

To do that, I need YOUR HELP. Next year, I want to bring The World Letter to the 3 continents it hasn't been to yet (Asia, Africa, and Oceania). The cost for that is $20K - it would allow me to bring it to 1 country per continent. If we raised more, I could bring it to more countries per continent!

Running The World Letter alone, even with volunteer help, is next to impossible. This is team work, and the money raised will be used to hire  interpreters, translators, set designers, production, local guides, etc. It will also be used to cover travel expenses, material expenses, digital archiving of the Letter, and documenting the project. Every single dollar will go towards The World Letter, and you can be sure that I will not give up, until the 196 nationalities are united on it!

Please, be a part of The World Letter by making its continuation possible. I pledge to write the name of EVERY SINGLE DONOR on The World Letter.

Thank you for reading, for caring, for donating, and for being an amazing human in the world.

— Cocovan


To follow The World Letter online: Instagram   | Twitter   | Facebook   | Website  / And this is my instagram  as an artist



What will you do with The World Letter when it's finished?
I'd love to be able to exhibit it. I have also been filming everything, and intend to make a documentary. I want to make a book, and also send the digital copy of the Letter... into space!

What countries will you visit?
I pick the countries I visit depending on if I know people over there that can help. If you want to help me bring The World Letter to your country, please reach out .

When are you planning to go?
Depends on the fundraiser, but hopefully as soon as February 2020.

How have you been funding the project so far?
My own money, and DJing (I am also a musician).

Is The World Letter a non-profit organization?
YES! The World Letter IS a non-profit, based in France as Loi 1901, but doesn't allow tax deductible donations.

I want to participate to The World Letter!
Making a donation is one way to be a part of the project. On top of that, you can submit your letter digitally via this link.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned by reading 21,000 love letters to the world?

 That the world is full of love, and we don't use our potential enough.

More letters, all translated, here

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Garden City, NY
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