Let’s plan a reproductive strike!
Forum of Care Practices

(only in Polish)

On 19 and 20 June Biennale Warszawa will organise a forum devoted to the issues of social reproduction and strategies of resistance to the care crisis. The event will constitute the conclusion of the series “Care revolutions” which began in January 2021, curated by Michalina Agusiak, Kinga Kurysia and Ida Ślęzak.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, awareness of social and economic importance of reproductive work went beyond a narrow community of feminist researchers and activists, gaining universal recognition. But the experience of crisis in itself does not guarantee that we will be able to build a better world, in which care would not be pushed to the margin of social priorities. What forms of resistance can enable radical change in the social organisation of reproduction? What would a fairer reproductive future look like in Poland?

Within the Forum of Reproductive Practices we want to create a space where people active in various areas related to reproduction will be able to meet, share their experiences, and together reflect on possible strategies for further action. People invited to participate include social feminists, care and healthcare professionals, feminist economists, queer activists, union members and migration activists.

The forum will consist of public presentations of participants who will talk about their experiences, visions, needs and demands.  Presentations will be organised into five panels:
I Transnational alliances. Migrations and care chains
II Unequal access to care and reproductive resources
III Alternative communities and survival strategies in the face of crises
IV Feminised work and social organisation of care
V Reproductive horizon in view of technological change and climate crisis

On the second day (20 June) there will be a closed workshop for the forum participants. It is to serve the development concrete strategies and demands of a reproductive strike in Poland, as well as speculative reflection on alternative ways of organising social reproduction.

The results of their joint work will be made available as a free electronic publication.

The public part of the forum (only in Polish) will we broadcast from the MA3450 Studio on Biennale social media channels with the use of tools that enable viewers commenting and asking questions in real time, so that all participants have the chance to join the broader discussion.