RITES OF PASSAGE:
Rites of Passage: 20/20 Vision is a collaborative house of ritual healing, art, installation and performance celebrating the lives and initiatory experiences of Black, Indigenous and Immigrant Women of Color in America. Conceived and directed by Pooja as a "House of the Collective Female Sol", Rites of Passage is a vital co-creation with dozens of other women artists, healers, activists and visionaries from around the US. First premiering in 2013 at The Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA, this second incarnation which took place from August 13-17th 2021 in the same location, was the next phase in the evolution of the larger Rites of Passage Project. Rites of Passage: 20/20 Vision honors and celebrates the experiences of women of the Diaspora, and profoundly re-envisions what initiation can be. A work of ancestral reclamation, resilience, belonging & joy - 20/20 Vision affirms that "We are the once & future vision of our Ancestors".
This 60-minute film captures the live in-person experience through continuous footage of all 25 rooms. The film is also available for screenings, and first premiered virtually and then at The Kennedy Center in D.C. in November of 2021.
Watch The Film here.
Header photo by Sam Backhaus