19 November 2020, 12:00-2:00pm (London time)
“What we’re watching happen with COVID-19 is what happens when care insists on itself, when the care of others becomes mandatory, when it takes up space and money and labor and energy. See how hard it is to do? The world isn’t built to give care freely and abundantly. It’s trying now, but look how alien a concept this is, how hard it is to make happen. It will take all of us—it will take all of us operating on the principle that if only some of us are well, none of us are. And that’s exactly why it’s revolutionary. Because care demands that we live as though we are all interconnected—which we are—it invalidates the myth of the individual’s autonomy. In care, we know our limits because they are the places where we meet each other. My limit is where you meet me, yours is where I find you, and, at this meeting place, we are linked, made of the same stuff, transforming into one because of the other.“
A Text for Covid-19, Get Well Soon
In recent times our collective stress and grief have escalated due to interconnected social, political, economic and ecological conditions, exacerbated by the pandemic, and how we care for oneself and others have become more important than ever. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself…is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” As political and social systems reveal their failures and insufficiencies, care becomes revolutionary as communities have supported each other through mutual aid organising and informal support networks. This panel explores how the politics and practices of care may be centred and interrogated in our artistic and curatorial practices? How may care practice navigate aestheticisation as cultural capital?
Image: Dumpling making led by Quek Jia Qi, at the Oceans*A*Part food, flows and stories workshop co-organised by Annie Jael Kwan, Cuong Pham and Adriel Luis, with Vera Mey and the In*ter*island Collective.