LIVE: August 14- 23,  2020

Now is the time.
Time to birth a house anew.
Time to deepen what it means to
create art as an act of community ritual.
Time to flesh out more rooms of feminine grief & praise...
sewing together the past, present & future
with courage, wisdom & compassion.  
CLEAR SIGHT
Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision seeks to Dream, Envision & Create the world anew
through fresh, poly-lingual perspectives on where we've been as a collective
alongside how we can be a part  
of birthing a more fertile, resilient & equitable future for all.
Rites 20/20 Vision  will be co-created  
by women + femmes of color
from diverse backgrounds + ethnicities.
In the words of Audre Lourde, "When we create out of our experiences, as feminists of color, women of color, we have to develop those structures that will present
and circulate our culture...” one created with 
our hands, our tools, our visions.

 ...that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is

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

                                                                  Audre Lorde

Ultimately, Rites of Passage is
a living, breathing invocation
for remembrance + healing justice
on behalf of all our lineages,
and all our many colors

CONTRIBUTE TO THE VISION

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 2020:
  • Migration/ Diaspora— about the immigrant experience + 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 BIWOC.
  • 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 and re-visioning the isolation of modern motherhood.

  • 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— a room 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

WE ARE THE ONCE + FUTURE

MEMORY 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 © 2019 The Rites of Passage Project