Are there any particular female figures whose words you believe should receive more attention?
Arundhati Roy’s essay ‘The Pandemic is a Portal’ is important, because it gives an idea about the possibilities in the future through the lens of problematics that are evident to Roy where she lives, in India. To be able to encounter first-hand experiential information that is so distinct and precise, but that also helps us all think about our own situations is crucial. To hear voices from a range of sources is the implicit message of my animation ‘Chorus’. I have also been interested in activists such as Starhawk, Osprey Orielle Lake and Valerie Kaur as well as Isabelle Stengers.
Valerie Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist and celebrated prophetic voice “at the forefront of progressive change” (Center for American Progress). Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 30+ million views worldwide. Her question “Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” reframed the political moment and became a mantra for people fighting for change. Valarie now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America.
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My friend Varun asked me, “Over the course of this global pandemic, what have you discovered is most essential to YOU?” It made my body ache. I think questions like this have the ability to open up wisdom waiting to be heard. What have you discovered is most essential to you? pic.twitter.com/RY43df3xi4— Valarie Kaur (@valariekaur) November 25, 2020