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Pink Bloque: A Photoessay

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The Pink Bloque is a Chicago-based radical feminist dance troupe dedicated to challenging the white supremacist capitalist patriarchal empire, one street dance party at a time.
Rachel Caidor, Dara Greenwald, and the Pink Bloque

Issue #65, January 2004


 

The Pink Bloque is a Chicago-based radical feminist dance troupe dedicated to challenging the white supremacist capitalist patriarchal empire, one street dance party at a time. We string these words together nonchalantly to describe a project and process that is still incomplete one and a half years after its inception. We, like most girls, just wanna have fun. We want to innovate, educate, and gyrate. We want to create change — if not in the nation where we live, at least in the way we engage it. We came together out of a desire to make protest more appealing — visually, physically, emotionally, viscerally, etc.

Like many other people in the wake of first the amazing protests against the WTO in Seattle and then the chilling aftermath of September 11, we wanted to keep social justice movements visible but knew that the world had changed. By the time the US began bombing Afghanistan, we knew everything was different — and at once frighteningly status quo. For us to sustain our resistance, we needed things to look and feel different in the streets.

The following is a glimpse into our process. We started as a frustrated group of friends and acquaintances wanting to dance our way to revolution. Almost two years later, we are still dancing...


Copyright © 2004 by Rachel Caidor, Dara Greenwald, and the Pink Bloque . All rights reserved.

 

The Pink Bloque is based in Chicago. For more information about us and to see the rest of our actions online, visit: http://www.pinkbloque.org