MINERVA is a speculative feminist vision of parenting and family. Facilitated and imagined by a group of aspiring co-mothers, MINERVA considers alternative methods of child-bearing and child-rearing beyond the nuclear family and monogamous heterosexual marriage. 


Drawing from their personal upbringing, public input, and interviews with parents, the artists collectively design a personal vision for how to raise a child.


Named after the parthenogenetically born goddess, MINERVA represents a hypothetical child of the future. In a series of public workshops, participants explore concepts such as intentional living communities, group parenting, and queer family structures. The artists interview their own parents, aspiring parents, and parents in non-traditional arrangements.

The installation consists of a video performance and an audio manifesto drawn from statements contributed by workshop participants.

Artists: Lena Chen, Molly Baber, & Erica Merritt
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