Fostering an embodied Abolitionist feminist praxis

2024-07-14 00:35:36

Fostering an embodied Abolitionist feminist praxis


May 26, 2023 - May 27, 2023    
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


HDFC Ltd. Learning Centre, Museum of Art & Photography
22 Kasturba Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560001
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Registrations are now closed for this workshop.


What the world will become already exists in fragments and pieces, experiments and possibilities. So those who feel in their gut deep anxiety that abolition means knock it all down, scorch the earth and start something new, let that go. Abolition is building the future from the present, in all of the ways we can.

– Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Abolition is about dismantling all carceral systems and ways of being in the world that uphold these systems, while building new ways of living and caring for each other. Abolition is, of course, about dismantling prisons, policing and other punitive structures but it is also about dismantling the carceral and oppressive ways in which we engage with each other in our everyday lives. The very systems that we’re working to dismantle also live inside us.

Abolition is about how we treat each other. It is about how we show up in relationships. Abolition is about how we respond to harm caused and how we respond when we cause harm.

– Patrisse Cullors

In this workshop, participants will be guided to hold space to destabilise carceral, disposability and dispossession logics, and build an embodied abolitionist feminist praxis in all aspects of our work and lives. We will engage in dialogue to explore Abolition Feminism as a framework and strategy for imagining alternative futures and praxis. These concepts often feel theoretical, abstract and far away. Through the workshop, we will seek to collectively unravel what abolition, embodiment and feminism mean to us and how they can interrelate to help us build our own everyday practices towards liberation.

The workshop will be led by lived experience, critical theories and somatic praxis to ask:

How might we practise and theorise Abolition Feminism in the everyday? What are some of the practical tensions and challenges involved in doing so? In what ways is the carceral state both visible and invisible within us and has seeped into our minds and bodies and how can this carceral logic be released? What can we do now to build our own abolitionist praxes centred on care and dignity? How can our bodies guide this?

This is a closed-door workshop and participants are expected to consider the workshop space with the utmost care, for themselves as well as co-participants. It’s a safe space where one is allowed to share their vulnerabilities and be open to navigating conversations and ideas that one might be uncomfortable with.

We encourage participants with any kind of difficulty related to hearing, speaking, learning, etc. to participate in the workshop. If you are a participant of this nature, please write to prior to registration and let us know the nature of the difficulty and the accommodations that may be required. We will try our best to make the necessary arrangements in consultation with you.

The event is part of the larger programming for the exhibition VISIBLE/INVISIBLE: Representation of Women in Art through the MAP Collection

Limited spaces available.

About Alternative Justice: 

Alternative Justice is an initiative that works towards building anti-carceral strategies to respond to harm, abuse and conflict in India and the UK. We base our practice in community sustaining frameworks like restorative justice, transformative justice and community accountability that seek to create conditions that cultivate real transformation in our communities. Together, we imagine a world where people on all sides of harm – those who have been harmed, those who have caused harm as well as directly impacted community members – have access to multiple and varied community-based processes that support their healing, allow them to seek tangible accountability from those who act in harmful ways, or, support them in taking accountability for the harm they’ve caused.


Founder, Alternative Justice

Dee (they/she) is a queer facilitator and organiser currently living and loving in Bangalore, India. Their anti-violence work is guided by the principles of restorative and transformative justice, rooted in an abolitionist praxis and focused on building meaningful and accountable relationships in our communities. Dee initiated Alternative Justice in early 2020 with an aim to build anti-carceral strategies to address conflict, harm and abuse in India. Dee also works as a restorative practices facilitator with Enfold India – an organisation that works towards addressing and preventing child sexual abuse – facilitating restorative circles and reintegration processes for children in conflict with the law, and children in need of care and protection, who are placed in Child Care Institutions in Bangalore.

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