Following the US Supreme Court decision overturning Roe V. Wade on June 24th, 2022, many Americans expressed their dismay with reproductive rights now in jeopardy. During this time, people have spoken out about why access to these vital services are so important. This led us to the question: What does reproductive rights access mean to you?
At Duke & Duck, we were interested in hearing the community’s answers to this. Because of our roots in animation and storytelling, we wanted to provide a platform for these answers in the form of visual art. We invited artists and animators from around the country to respond to the prompt, “What does access mean to you?”
Partnering with the local venue Dupont Underground, we provided a space to educate and advocate for expanded access to reproductive rights. Our community came together to showcase the work and perspective of these artists.
This event included 16 unique animations from both artistic teams and individuals. These distinctive animations covered topics like reproductive healthcare access, fertility care, misogyny, and the trans community.
Each animation was projected onto the walls of Dupont Underground, allowing guests to take a walk through the space and immerse themselves in each piece. The voices and creative talents of these artists were displayed on a huge scale so viewers could take in every detail!
In addition to animated contributions, the event also featured local DC comedy groups: Bad Medicine, The Constituents, and Hellcat. Each crafted performance paid homage to our theme through sketch comedy, standup, and improv. Laughter is the best medicine, right?
Throughout these comedy sets, laughter echoed from the stage at the back of Dupont Underground’s long-stretching tunnel. These lighthearted moments allowed us to celebrate the ways we joined forces to support the message of reproductive justice.
Our Bodies, Our Choice, Our Voice was an opportunity for us to band together with the DC community, and animators from around the country, to make our individual outlooks on reproductive rights heard. From sidewalk chalk drawings to social media posts, we were able to spread the word about this event and are so thankful to everyone who showed up to support this message.
Our hope is that this collaborative animation showcase will help spark conversations in our community. We thoroughly enjoyed partnering with such talented people to support a cause that we want to highlight. We look forward to many more events in the future!