FEMININA SUBE/FEMININE RISING
Femenina Sube: A collective women’s art project
Look for us on facebook: feminina sube/isla mujeres/community art project
WE NEED YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!
In January of 2013, Batya Weinbaum (the gringa in the blue playera, fifth in from either the right or the left) rented a storefront on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Since then, visitors such as this group from Cancun as well as residents of the island have been involved in creating a mosaic of fertility goddesses from around the world, including the initial one, Ma de Sumeria . Many of the goddesses hail from the the area of the world currently being destroyed by ISIS, and as their archaelogical remains are demolished, we are returning their energies from the Near Bronze Age here to continue to grace the world.
Winter, 2014-2015, we completed the MADRE DIVINA/DURGA/TRANSMUTACION mural inside entirely to sanskrit chanting of the 1008 names of the Divine Feminine; the winter of 2016-2017, we created a contemporary Venus de Willendorf, adding to the channel to return the earth mother goddess energy to help save the planet. As she has no eyes, mouth, feet, hands or ears, she helps to imagine collectively what this BCE goddess from 25,000 years ago would be saying. We also added an Australian fertility goddess, and a Pacific Northwest mother goddess and her child, and finished a Kali Emerging that spread over three walls.
Ask about how to become part of the collective! Get involved! Get a psychic reading to support the art.
Donate for art supplies and more itemized in the comments such as the rental of an additional space for women artists to come stay to work year round; the reconstruction of the roof to prevent leakage and to allow for air conditioning so the space can be used year round; the investment in transportation for visiting women artists; the installation of windows for proper ventillation so the space can be used for performances and workshops as well as rented to travelers; the employment of cultural workers to explain the project to passerbys on the street during the tourist season and to organize women's writing retreats.
Read more about us at triviavoices.com issue no. 16, and various issues of Rain and Thunder, A Radical Feminist journal of discussion and action, and punch in Feminina Sube to discover our write-up in an issue of Goddess Alive
Spread the word, and come down!
Fly to cancun; take the collectivo to Puerto Juarez; the ferry to Isla, then:
Avenida Juarez entre Madero y Morelos...one block away from the sea if you turn right at Sr. Frog's. Across from Rentadora Isla, near Osorios y Cafe Mogagua.
We need money to invest in the art supplies and construction projects. It will mean so much to us to help realize this dream, and the spirits of the island will be most thankful to you for helping to create this channel for the resurrection of goddess energy in the midst of global tourism.
Still needed: money for flight back in Nov, money for materials like cement and tile; especially money to permanently fix roof and put in a window and air conditioning; money to get business papers so we can officially open shop in Mexico this year. Any donation helps, and be sure to look for our Writing Workshops in Jan, as well as our Swear-in Watch Party when Hilary becomes the first woman pres of the US.
My comment below was in response to the comment of Sarah Wayne. Another question has been asked recently about what the funds were originally requested for here. Number one would be the 2-3 thousand dollars needed to get legal paper work now and employ an accountant as we are moving to transit to be able to open up doing business as a store. Furthermore, each item in the list in the budget has its own line including transportation for women visitors, fixing the leaky roof, purchasing artist supplies like cement and colored tiles and silicon glue, purchasing equipment to make the place safer as a work environment like masks and gloves, installing a ventilation system to suck out the air, and putting in windows in the back ceiling of the roof for better circulation to improve the quality of the air. We also need to have the kind of platforms to allow us to get up to the roof to install Epona, the horse goddess, and the money to rent a house for crews to stay in as we have outgrown the ability for all women who are coming to work to stay in the small studio space. We are also getting close to the internal art work construction being completed and want to build museum-quality exhibition displays, make large photographs of each goddess to display in a traveling show about the project, and buy and import other goddess art and spirituality books to have a library and a feminist educational center as well as a shop. We need to pay a web site designer to promote the activities such as workshops we are offering, to increase attendance, and to make posters of Chicana and other women's art of the goddesses we are representing on the walls such as Guadalupe. We would also like to make a calendar with other fertility goddesses such as Sekhmet which are not included here, to continue the representation of fertility goddesses here to lend their energy to support Ixchel, and to publish the literary magazine we put out each year, IxChel Press. Finally, we wish to produce a coffee-table like art book showing each goddess and discussing the project and have funds to take the book to sell at conferences such as Popular Culture Association, Association for the Study of Women and Mythology, Matriarchal Studies, and National Women's Studies Association. Some women coming through have had other ideas, such as making a coloring book with each of the goddesses represented here, which we would like to bring to fruition, with enough economic support. Thanks for any donation to support these ambitious aims and goals. A brochure explaining the relationship between this and the project and Maya prophecy would be another good project which if funded we could advertise for somebody to undertake, providing a valuable educational function.
No one has ever been turned away unless for coming in drunk, interrupting conversations, bringing in dogs that attack my dog, or continuing to bring a baby when informed that the space is not baby safe and being asked to get child care rather than bring an infant to a circle once the one year old was found near an open bag of cement with a broom that had been used to sweep up loose cement in her mouth.
Cisgender woman here. Before I can contribute to the event, I need to know: are trans women allowed to contribute to the mosaic?