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June 1, 2022

Call for Submissions: Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! International Art Exhibition

JAM Humanities invites visual, literary, and performing arts submissions for our virtual exhibition, Reproductive Justice is for Everyone!, an international exhibition in the JAM Museum that will open in August, 2022.

Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! asks artists to explore the myriad manifestations, experiences, emotions, and meanings of reproductive justice from present day struggles and organizing to the aspirational and everything in between.

The term “Reproductive Justice” was coined by Loretta Ross of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and it applies a human rights framework to reproductive health advocacy. As defined by SisterSong, reproductive justice is “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.”

Reproductive justice centers intersectionality and the experiences of people who are often marginalized in society, including people of color, people who are poor, and people who are queer and and trans. It calls attention to many aspects of reproductive health that are often overlooked, such as maternal death rate disparities for Black women in the US, discrimination in pregnancy healthcare for men who are transgender, economic barriers to abortion and prenatal care for people who are poor, stigmas surrounding menstruation, and effects of poverty and institutional violence on children.

Kitchen Table Literary Arts Collaboration

In celebration of the RJIFE! virtual exhibition, JAM Humanities and Kitchen Table Literary Arts will host a virtual reading of selected literary works featured in the exhibition. Selected literary and visual submissions will also be published online in the RJIFE! ezine in fall 2022.

Kitchen Table Literary Arts is a nonprofit organization that builds awareness, appreciation, and support for women of color and black women writers, poets, and their work. To learn more about KTLA, visit them at: kitchen-table.org.

Eligible Work

We welcome submissions that interpret reproductive justice in broad and universal terms, as well as interpretations that are deeply personal. All accepted work must be choice-affirming, as well as gender-affirming. Because reproductive justice affects people of all genders, we ask artists to use gender-neutral language in general where possible in their descriptions, titles, etc. 

We will accept submissions from artists around the world who work in all mediums, including but not limited to sculpture, ceramics, fibers, metal, painting, graphic design, drawing, printmaking, collage, writing, poetry, film and video, performance, installation, etc. 

This exhibition will be juried; all artwork will be evaluated based on creativity and artwork quality, and how well the submitted work relates to and engages with issues relating to reproductive justice.

Deadline for submission: June 1, 2022.

About

JAM Humanities is a nonprofit organization that uses history, the arts, and other humanities disciplines to challenge perspectives, increase cultural awareness, and promote social justice. The exhibition will be hosted virtually at: https://museum.jamhumanities.org, and will be accompanied by virtual events and programming, an ezine in collaboration with Kitchen Table Literary Arts, and a resource guide.

This exhibition is an expansion and continuation of an in-person exhibit curated by nicole gugliotti and Sarah Jünke and hosted at the University of South Florida in 2019-2020. The original exhibition invited artists from across the U.S. and Canada to explore what reproductive justice meant to them and to express their interpretation through their practice. The revival of this exhibition in a virtual format broadens the scope to reflect international perspectives on reproductive justice.

Accessibility

Please contact Sarah Jünke at rj@jamhumanities.org if you have any questions or need accommodations.