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All My …/All My— Designing Motherhood and the Labyrinth of Reproductive Health

The breathtaking range of topics in Designing Motherhood—choices of whether to conceive children or take a pregnancy to term, infant mortality, sterilization abuse, thalidomide, cesarean birth curtains, masculine birth, baby formula, the faja (a wrap for binding a postpartum abdomen), gender reveals, the Del Em Device, car seats, carers and carrying, the tie-waist skirt, the breast pump, and so on—reveals the immense, intricate knowledge necessary to understand reproductive health, and to advocate for conditions that promote wellbeing.

Type:
Features
Source:
Fall 2022
Credit:
Text/ Dinah Ryan

Binge Watch—On Performances of Excessive Eating

“The act of binging is one of abjection. It demonstrates the power of something inanimate, or no longer animate, over human beings—in this case, food. The abject manifests viscerally as squirming, belching, or vomiting. Such images threaten the common belief that eating is pleasurable, a notion that begins in infancy.”

Type:
Features
Source:
December 21, 2022
Credit:
Text / Lydia Horne

Gone But Not Disrespected

On the last Sunday in June 2022, a particularly hot day in Philadelphia, about 100 of us gathered in front of Saint Luke’s landing for the culmination of an experimental AIDS memorial called Gone and for Ever, a community-informed spectacle of sight, sound, and grief—part of Remembrance, a project of the William Way LGBT Community Center and funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage—to grapple with the question of how to memorialize amid the ongoing crisis.

Type:
Features
Source:
Fall 2022
Credit:
Text / Theodore Kerr

Refusing the Here—Now: An Afrofuturist Period Room and Black Fugitivity in the Undercommons

By mixing the historical and the contemporary, the analogue and the digital, the obsolete and the futuristic, the concrete and the speculative, the installation proposes a malleable reality, an undercommons existing not in the here-now but for, and toward, the future.

Type:
Features
Source:
Summer 2022
Location:
New York City, NY
Credit:
Text / Re’al Christian