Art, politics and reproductive rights — coming to a gallery in Colorado Springs
Author: Dan Njegomir - August 4, 2017 - Updated: August 4, 2017
Defenders of abortion rights and access to contraception say they are under siege in the era of Donald Trump and Republican rule, and for months, they have taken to the streets, the airwaves and the worldwide web to fight back.
Now, they are going to lodge their protests in a different kind of forum: an art gallery. And the Colorado Times Recorder informs us that a stalwart of reproductive rights, Planned Parenthood, has stepped into the role of curator:
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is seeking submissions of visual art on the topic of bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom in this current political climate for a gallery exhibition in Colorado Springs for the month of September.
The art on display also will be available for sale, with half the proceeds going to the nonprofit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. A spokesman for the organization told the Times Recorder:
Our mission is to both build the communities we reside in and to give people the tools to empower and sustain their worlds. We think giving folks the platform to tell their stories through art can do just that. We will be looking at all of the submissions through the lens of reproductive rights and bringing to life genuine connections to the feminist movement.
Colorado Springs also was the site of a mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in 2015. Three died and nine were injured.