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flowers in the basement
with Kite, Alisha Wormsley, Mel Elberg, Tsedaye Makonnen, Frances Rodriguez

Flowers in the Basement is the name of a project and a collective consisting of Kite, Mel Elberg, Alisha B. Wormsley, Frances Ines Rodriguez, Tsedaye Makonnen and Amy Ruhl, formed to both create a new work of experimental theater, and to speculate on insurgent, utopian alternatives to our current forms of reproductive labor. Using the “demon text” of second-wave feminism, The Dialectic of Sex (Shulamith Firestone, 1970), as a jumping off point, the project offers a contemporary, polyvocal response to revolutionary demands for gender abolition, artificial reproduction, child liberation, and “cybernetic communism.” Bringing together a group of core collaborators working in vast fields of inquiry — Afrofuturism; queer, speculative, and Marxist feminisms, Lakota epistemologies; and African migration narratives — their mode of collaboration forges collectivity while respecting the autonomy of each artists’ individual praxis.

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