How We Heal by Adrienne Skye Roberts and Sara Yassky with Dagmar Hesker, Sandra Johnson, Samantha Rogers, Mira Stern, and LaSonya Wells of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners
How We Heal is an unfolding collaboration among members of California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) exploring somatic and/or embodied practices as a way to heal from the Prison Industrial Complex; specifically our experiences as survivors of the prison system and witnesses of our loved ones inside. How We Heal began as a one-day workshop for members of CCWP focusing on trauma endured by the PIC; how this trauma is registered in our bodies, and how we collectively heal in order to continue fighting against this inhumane system. The project includes documentation of this workshop, including audio, video and performative elements.
This project is part of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 2014 Body Politic Think Thank. Each year, the YBCA convenes a new think tank of cross-disciplinary public intellectuals to dialogue about and produce a creative response to one of the season’s performances. This year, in response to Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company performances of UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, the Body Politic Think Tank explores the questions: What is on the other side of your body’s shame? What is on the other side of your body’s joy? Body Politic Think Tank members, including Adrienne Skye Roberts and Sara Yassky, showcased their projects at the YBCA on Febuary 1, 2014.
Below is documentation of How We Heal, including photographs and group brainstorms from our somatics workshop, an excerpt from the 20 minute video created for the YBCA, and documentation of the opening.