LIVE: August 2021

Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision
is a House of Belonging, Resilience,Hope.
A House of the Collective Feminine Soul.
1 House
24 Rooms 
10 Nights
75 Women + Femmes
  
CLEAR SIGHT
Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision seeks to Dream, Envision & Embody the world anew
with fresh perspectives for a more fertile, resilient & equitable future for all.
Each room in 20/20 Vision 
embodies a rite of passage theme
in the lives of
 women + femmes of color
Yet ultimately, it is
a living, breathing invocation
for remembrance + healing justice
on behalf of all our lineages,
and all our many colors

 ...that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is

that which also is the source of our greatest strength.”

                                                                  Audre Lorde

At this unprecedented time in our history, Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision offers 
women + femmes of color a unique invitation to TAKE UP SPACE.
In doing so, we heal, re-member and transform ourselves + our lineages,
and inspire + enable others to do the same.
 

LINEAGE. SEEDS. SOVEREIGNTY. FERTILITY. SUSTENANCE.

 MEDICINE. WATER. WOMB. FLOWER. VICTORY.

DIASPORA. STORY. WEAVE. LEGACY.

SOIL. ANCESTRAL SOUL. HEALING JUSTICE. REMEMBRANCE.

 
New "ROOMS of CURE" in 2021:
  • Migration/ Diaspora— about the immigrant experience and border issues.
  • No Longer Secret— on #metoo and healing sexual trauma.
  • Legacy— honoring lineage-based wisdom and sovereignty.
  • The Grief Room— a memorial for diasporic lineages oppressed through colonization and violence.
  • Forgiveness— on healing justice.
  • Woman Heal Thyself— about healing through chronic and reproductive diseases.
  • Asylum— on mental health and healing.
  • The Living Womb— re-visioning birth, and addressing the lack of adequate natal care for BIPOC.
  • Taboo— a walk-in-closet about abortion and miscarriage.
  • Claiming Queer— about the queer experience.
  • Trans-cendant— on the experiences of femmes, transwomxn and gender fluidity.
  • Re-membering My Father— about women’s complex relationships to men and masculinity.
  • Girlhood— reclaiming childhood from gendered stereotypes
  • Adolescence— cure-ated by a group of local youth from the R.O.P.E. program.
  • Mama's Always On Stage— a kitchen critiquing the isolation of modern motherhood and visioning a community model of family.

  • Age as Power— in praise of menopause and aging.
  • The Elder Room— honoring the wisdom of radically embodied elder-hood.
  • Dissolution— a room about spiritual breakdown, breakthrough and rebirth.
  • The Body Room— a bathroom celebrating all bodies.
  • V is for Victory— an altar-room to fertility and creative sovereignty.   
  • Sustenance— on reclaiming women's relationships to Nature estranged through displacement + migration.
  • The Sustenance Pantry an hierloom seed bank + pantry of ancestral foods of sustenance       
  • The Library an inter-sectional multicultural feminist library
  • The Death Room— embracing death and dying

WE ARE THE ONCE + FUTURE

VISION OF OUR ANCESTORS.

A portion of proceeds from the Rites of Passage 20/20 production will support
the revolutionary work of women of color around:
Reproductive Rights and Healthy Birth for BIWOC 
Seed Saving + Ecological Stewardship
Medicine for the People + Clean Water
Immigration Justice
....
As well as towards completing the
Rites of Passage Book
INTERDEPENDENCE

Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.”       

                                                                                     Arundhati Roy

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Artwork Credits:
Second Strip: Cynthia Atwood 
Eggshell Strip: Gabrielle Senza, Hysteria
Contribute To the Vision Strip: Cynthia Atwood, Menopause
Boxes: Deb Koffman

Photos courtesy of Sabine Vollmer von Falken, Peggy Reeves, Krysia Kurzyca, and David Benson

All photos and text © 2020 The Rites of Passage Project