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Post-Roe v. Wade: A Striking Call for Reproductive Justice

Artist Caron Tabb boldly challenges post-Roe dynamics and urges us to take action

By Jewish Arts Collaborative

Published Jul 25, 2023

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I Am My Sister's Keeper

Above: Artist Caron Tabb alongside her piece I Am My Sister’s Keeper on view in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, August 2023.

 

How will you work for Reproductive Justice?

 

TAKE ACTION:

Defend Reproductive Freedom Now. 

Donate to the ACLU’s Reproduction Freedom Initiative. 

Get involved in SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. 

Get involved in nationwide legislative initiatives in Florida and Ohio with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.  

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

A life-size, goddess-like concrete female stands atop a platform, resembling a beautiful Rome or Greek sculpture. However, her gutt is punched in, hollowed out by force, and in and from the cavity so brutally punched in her belly are black chains. In light of the reversal of Rowe v. Wade and the brutal assault on women’s bodily autonomy across the country, I am dedicating my Be The Change 2023 piece to Reproductive Justice.  

Reproductive Justice means more than the right to choose to have an abortion. This is only part of the equation, but it is far more than that. The Black Feminist movement coined this term to include access to health care, equal pay, affordable housing and childcare, issues around domestic violence, and of course, bodily autonomy. I wholeheartedly agree with this definition. 

Materials: Fiberglass, wood, Hydrocal, Latex paint, wire, and chain.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Caron Tabb was born in apartheid South Africa, raised on a farm in Israel from the age of eight, and has lived in the US for the last twenty years. These key biographical elements and her passion for social justice issues deeply impact her artistic practice. In addition to traditional painting and photography, Caron incorporates many found objects and unconventional materials into her work. Her conceptual mixed-media and installation art address issues of social inequality, racial justice, and feminism as seen through the lens of her deep Jewish identity.

 

LEARN MORE about Be the Change.

 

👁️ Look above to watch 4 Questions with Be the Change Global Ambassador and Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Rabbi Jonah Pesner, former President of American Jewish World Service and Co-Chair of Be the Change Global Ambassadors Ruth Messinger, and artist Caron Tabb. 

Be the Change Walking Tour: Caron Tabb

(2 min) Listen to Caron Tabb describe her piece for the Be the Change Walking Tour.

 

LOCATION: 

Located next to the parking garage near the intersection of Kilmarnock St and Van Ness St, across from MiniLuxe.

 

Find it in the Fenway! Click here to see the full Be the Change Boston 2023 map.

 

 

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👁️ Look above to watch 4 Questions with Be the Change Global Ambassador and Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Rabbi Jonah Pesner, former President of American Jewish World Service and Co-Chair of Be the Change Global Ambassadors Ruth Messinger, and artist Caron Tabb. 

I Am My Sister's Keeper

(3 min) Artist Caron Tabb returns for the second year of Be the Change in Boston. In this video, she discusses key elements of her piece and why she chose to focus on reproductive justice.

A Catalyst To Action

(3 min) Be the Change Global Ambassador Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, joins artist Caron Tabb to connect I Am My Sister’s Keeper to a long history of Jewish resistance, current legislation relating to Roe, and how art can spark people to take action.

People Have Power

(3 min) “If it moves you…there’s something we really need you to do.” Caron Tabb, former President and CEO of American Jewish World Service Ruth Messinger, and Be the Change Global Ambassador Rabbi Jonah Pesner of RAC discuss the individual power that people hold to make a difference, hold elected officials accountable, and work towards a multiracial, inclusive democracy.

 

TAKE ACTION: Donate to the ACLU’s Reproduction Freedom Initiative.

Religion vs. Democracy

(3 min) Artist Caron Tabb and RAC’s Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Be the Change Global Ambassador, talk about the right to an abortion in Judaism and the fight over religious liberty and freedom to exercise in the U.S.

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Reflections

1

What comes to mind when seeing this image of a powerful woman who is chained? Who is chaining her and why? 

2

How does the use of the materials such as concrete, chains, and muted colors add to the image and conceptual idea behind the piece?

3

What does "My Sister's Keeper" mean? How can you become your sister's keeper? 

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