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Laugh Back: Stand-Up Comedy
July 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Lady Parts Justice League will host an extension of its Vagical Mystery Tour, a night of stand-up comedy and activism focusing on reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy. A post-show talkback with abortion providers and activists will offer tangible ways to fight back and support local clinics. Curated by Lindsey O’Connor.
Featuring: Alex English, Sydnee Washington, Joyelle Johnson, and Leah Bonnema
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Laugh Back, a group exhibition that probes the transgressive potential of laughter to threaten authority. In an increasingly tense political landscape, laughing is an everyday gesture capable of unsettling norms, subverting power, and challenging dominant systems. Laugh Back focuses on the diverse cultural production of artists who engage the defiant possibilities of humor, satire, and the absurd as subversive tools for cultural change.
Focusing specifically on the practices of self-identifying women, Laugh Back reframes the trope of humorless feminist resistance by emphasizing deployments of the absurd that disrupt presumed stable discourses.
Speaking directly to the contemporary sociopolitical climate, the works in Laugh Back examine gender, race, politics, and labor from multicultural perspectives to uncover a current, uniquely feminist brand of humor that is an increasingly threatened and threatening vehicle to speak truth to power.
The artists in Laugh Back utilize various comedic genres to create a symbolic space for transformation in which structures of power and repression are recognized and confronted. These women use humor as a means to upset, if only for a visceral moment, established ways of being.
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If you need help developing your kickass idea to change the conversation around reproductive rights and aren’t sure where to start, we do and we’re ready to help!
Lady Parts Justice League will work with you and your friends to create fun and effective ways to combat it all. We want to share our comedy expertise and love of this work by giving you some new tools to continue your work in this space and cause a little (or a lot of) trouble in some new/creative ways. Email us to set up a werkshop in your area!