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

Documentation from January 2024 performances at Participant Inc. Photography by Caroline J. Mills, John Brattin, Itziar Barrio, and Marit Stafstrom

Flowers in the Basement is 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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