Series organised by
Dorine van Meel

Plural Wombs is a collaborative project 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 confronting these subjects, we are committed to a multi- gendered feminist approach and the exploration of different possibilities of familial relations beyond their bourgeois, patriarchal and heteronormative forms.

In light of the current crisis, we believe that it has become only more urgent to explore what a commitment to polymaternal kinship might look like today and how the experimentation with such forms of kinship could make different structures of support and care possible. We have therefore rethought the project under the present conditions and changed its form to an open research group organised around online meetings where participants each time discuss and work through one text of a relevant thinker. These sessions will be led by invited artists and theorists engaging with these themes and texts in their practices.

Plural Wombs is initiated by the artist Dorine van Meel and has been made possible through additional financial support from the Mondriaan Stichting. The Plural Wombs Research Group is organised in collaboration within diffrakt’s reading group programme as well as Kunstfort Vijfhuizen.

Dorine van Meel is an artist based between Berlin and Amsterdam. Her practice unfolds in collaborative and discursive projects that may result in moving image installations and performances. By researching the work of feminist, queer, and decolonial thinkers she enquires into the operating modes of power structures and strives at developing a set of artistic tools to deconstruct existing patterns of thought and behavior as well as challenge their common acceptance.

#1 Luiza Prado reads Ailton Krenak
Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 7.30 pm, online

#2 Lesley-Ann Brown reads bell hooks
Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7.30 pm, online