Plural Wombs is a collaborative project, initiated by Dorine Van Meel, that brings together a number of cultural practitioners, theorists and activists working on the subjects of social reproduction, reproductive justice, and the political dimension of parenthood.
In this first session of the Plural Wombs Research Group, the artist Luiza Prado introduces the work of the environmentalist, indigenous rights activist and writer Ailton Krenak and discusses its relevance to her own practice. Ailton Krenak is a member of the Krenak first peoples of the Rio Doce Valley, Brazil – a place profoundly affected by mining and other extractive activities. For over 30 years he has dedicated his work to examining questions related to coloniality, indigenous identities, and anti-capitalist struggle.
Luiza Prado is a Brazilian artist based in Berlin whose work engages with material and visual culture through the lenses of decolonial and queer theories. In her doctoral dissertation, she examined technologies and practices of birth control and their entanglements with colonial hierarchies of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and nationality, offering the idea of ‘technoecologies of birth control’ as a framework for observing and intervening in biopolitical articulations emerging around practices of birth control.
The Plural Wombs Research Group is initiated by Dorine van Meel and hosted by diffrakt’s reading group programme (Berlin) and Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen's public program (Amsterdam). The project has been made possible through financial support from Mondriaan Fund and Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen.
Video excerpt from "Plural Wombs" by Dorine van Meel (2020)