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For a Feminist Reconstruction of the Commons

This is my print for the recent Justseeds exhibition Uprisings: Images of Labor. For a larger image, click here!

I wanted to tackle labor from the angle of one of my current favourite thinkers, Silvia Federici. In 1972 she was one of the co-founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the international campaign for Wages For Housework (WFH). Her excellent book Caliban and the Witch: Women, The Body, and Primitive Accumulation discusses the role of unwaged, slave, and reproductive labor in the growth of primitive accumulation (ie early capitalism). I crafted the text on this print from recent interviews with Silvia, on her new book Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (PM Press).

Inspired by my good friend Brette Gabel’s radical quilts, I tried to visualize what a commons may look like. One way of visualizing the collective is through a quilting bee (all genders welcome).
Hand-drawn directly on acetate, and hand-printed with much assistance from Roger Peet and Jesse Purcell.


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