Gender & Reproductive Justice

Thank God for Abortion by Viva Ruiz.

Viva Ruiz
Thank God for Abortion Telenovela Pilot

Thank God for Abortion Telenovela Pilot is a scripted narrative, using the hallmark drama of the form to disseminate the message that abortion is healthcare. Set in an abortion clinic and a church, the work demystifies abortion care and illuminates the conflicts subjected upon people who have undergone abortions. Over the last 20 years, abortion has been criminalized and made increasingly inaccessible—Thank God for Abortion seeks to rehumanize the people who need an abortion, and the people who provide that care. A bilingual TV pilot episode sets the stage for a complete season of a series on an international broadcast platform. This project is directly inspired by how public health initiatives since the 1990s partnered with telenovela creators to write storylines that helped normalize conversations and care around HIV/AIDS.

Viva Ruiz is a community educated artist and advocate, and a descendant of factory-working Ecuadorian migrants, working in performance, film, writing, music, and dance.

Jen Liu
Pink Slime Caesar Shift

Pink Slime Caesar Shift is a project that proposes to alter the genetic material of cow cells in order to carry secret messages of labor activism for female factory workers in South China, taking the form of genetic engineering of cow cells, 3D-printer prototyped small-cast sculpture, and video/3D animation.

Jen Liu is a visual artist working in video, painting, biomaterial, sculpture, and performance, on topics of national identity, labor economy, and the reinterpretation of archival artifacts.

Lauren McCarthy

In Surrogate, The artist will explore dynamics of a future where we have increasing control over life through genetic modification, reproductive technologies, and changing notions of childcare through durational performance and video.

Lauren McCarthy is a multimedia artist whose work examines how issues of surveillance, automation, and network culture affect our social relationships through boundary-pushing interventions.

Leslie Tai
How to Have an American Baby

There is a city in Southern California that is teeming with pregnant women from China. Told through multiple perspectives, How to Have an American Baby travels deep into the booming shadow economy catering to Chinese birth tourists who travel to the US on birthing vacations, in order to obtain US citizenship for their babies.

Leslie Tai is a Chinese-American filmmaker who uses her fluency in her two cultures as access to make documentaries that illuminate the spaces where they intersect.

REFUGIA-BAZ (Becoming Autonomous Zones)

REFUGIA-BAZ (Becoming Autonomous Zones) is a series of modular projects that re-generate and reclaim political, cultural, and ecological aspects of refuge. Refugia projects combine live performances, interactive web works/installations, workshops and residencies as well as radio, video, digital, and print productions. Projects include radical pedagogy residencies on assisted reproductive technologies and pro-active healthcare for women; a multi-media participatory installation examining the commodification of women’s bodies by biotechnology corporations; a project addressing the concept of biopower, studying technology and labor on a college campus and farming community; Domain Errors: Cyberfeminist Practices (published in 2003), a book on the intersections of postcolonial discourse, cyberfeminism and biotechnology; a Radio Refugia project of public service announcements; and the Refugia/BAZ Web Project, a curatorial space devoted to collaborative projects on the subject of refuge.

subRosa consists of Steffi Domike, Laleh Mehran, Lucia Sommer, Faith Wilding, and Hyla Willis.

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