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Art Exhibit “Abortion Is Normal” Makes Powerful Statement for Reproductive Rights

Pieces from artists including Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and Nan Goldin subvert stigmas around abortion by depicting the history, victories and struggles surrounding women’s health.

Courtesy of Downtown for Democracy/Viva Ruiz

A New York art exhibit is designed to fight back against the stigma surrounding abortions while raising money for reproductive rights.
 
“Abortion Is Normal” features work that subverts the fear, shame, and stigma surrounding abortion while raising “ awareness and funding in support of accessible, safe, and legal abortion.” It features pieces from artists including Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and Nan Goldin that depict the history, victories and struggles surrounding women’s health.

Some works capture women protesters standing up for their rights, while others allude to the Supreme Court, whose work is linked to the future of reproductive rights in the U.S., including Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg Brett and Kavanaugh.
 
“This show is about reproductive rights, and more expansively about our right to own our own bodies. Many of the artists have not physically gone through an abortion procedure, but have a shared understanding that safe, accessible reproductive rights are absolutely necessary” explained one of the exhibit’s curators, Jasmine Wahi
 
The show comes at a vulnerable time for reproductive rights in the U.S. More than 50 laws restricting women’s reproductive rights were passed in 2019, while the landmark ruling Roe v. Wade is at the mercy of a Supreme Court with a conservative majority.

The exhibit’s organizers will contribute proceeds to super PAC Downtown for Democracy, which will divide and distribute the funds to voter education and advocacy and to Planned Parenthood PAC efforts in the upcoming 2020 elections.
 
The first part of the exhibition will run through January 18 at the galarie Eva Presenhuber, and the second part will be displayed between January 21 and February 1 at Arsenal Contemporary.

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