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Stuart Hall Library Research Network: More-than-Human Care

Performance Research Network: Long Graceful Grasses Luiza Prado and Annabel Sowemimo

13 Jun 2019
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    Red Room (Chelsea College of Arts), 45 Millbank, SW1P 4RQ

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    £3 (booking fee applies). Booking required.

Join us as artist and researcher Dr Luiza Prado presents a performance-lecture “The Weeds Became Long Graceful Grasses”, with writer and Sexual and Reproductive Health Doctor, Dr Annabel Sowemimo as respondent.

Prado’s performance-lecture will examine tensions between indigenous knowledge, colonial sexual structures and birth control in Brazil. She will poetically narrate a semi-fictional story of two women sowing a garden of contraceptive plants outside site of the Brazil’s National Museum that was recently destroyed by fire. Together, both practitioners will examine alternative methods of birth control, the cultural and political significance of plants in the context of colonial sexual domination.

In a lecture, Dr Sowemimo will respond by discussing the discovery of modern day abortifacients in Brazil, the medicalisation of abortion and the current fight for reproductive justice.

Following the event, there will be representatives from SRH organisations including Sexplain UK, Shine Aloud and Decolonising Contraception.


Dr Luiza Prado de O. Martins’ is a Brazilian artist and researcher. Her work engages with material and visual culture through the lenses of decolonial and queer theories. In her doctoral dissertation, she examined technologies and practices of birth control and their entanglements with colonial hierarchies of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and nationality, offering the idea of ‘technoecologies of birth control’ as a framework for observing and intervening in biopolitical articulations emerging around practices of birth control. She also holds an MA in Digital Media from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen.

Dr Annabel Sowemimo is a Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) doctor and founder of community based organisation – Decolonising Contraception (DC). Her interests include addressing Gender Based Violence particularly Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and improving SRH access for people of colour. She is a regular contributor for online platforms including Black Ballad and gal-dem on a range of topics from health, social justice to culture and music. She holds an undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and an MSc in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research.

DC is a community organisation formed by people of colour working within SRH who wish to address the colonial history of SRH in particular, the unethical experimentation on black and people of colour and the limited narratives on their experiences.

DC is about understanding how culture and history impact these populations and shape our experiences of health care.

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Image credit: ©Luiza Prado, Decolonising Contraception

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