Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga
Time: Sep 11th, 9:00 am End: Mar 10th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
September 11, 2017–March 10, 2018 Curated by Letters & Handshakes Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga
PROGRAM STATEMENT Because care is not a domestic question but rather a public matter and generator of conflict. - Precarias a la Deriva
Encompassing a five-part exhibition series, performances, publications, and workshops,Take Carefollows a 2016 group exhibition, curated by Letters & Handshakes, at the Blackwood Gallery. That exhibition,I stood before the source, featured artists confronting the aesthetic problem of representing contemporary capitalism, and concluded with this impulse: to imagine a “shift from the metrics of accumulation to the requirements of care as an ordering principle of social relations.”  Immediately, however, this statement encounters the “crisis of care,”  the problematic within, against, and beyond whichTake Caremobilizes more than 100 artists, activists, curators, and researchers.
Anatomizing the crisis of care and its systemic underpinnings,Take Carepushes back against both the low cultural visibility of care work and the prevailing extractivist attitude toward care, which, as Nancy Fraser puts it, treats care, like nature, as a free, infinite resource—a logic to which this project’s title signals.  Rather than take care for granted, we embark on this project as a transdisciplinary inquiry into care, setting out to explore care’s heterogeneous and contested meanings, practices, and sites, as well as the political, economic, and technological forces currently shaping care. Although we strive to elevate care, the intention is not to position care as a cure or panacea or even as benign: care involves relations of power in which concern and control, empathy and exhaustion, dependence and interdependence, the systemic and the intimate, responsibility and obligation are entangled.
The exhibition series’ political proposition, kept in play throughout, pivots on care as a possible nodal point among actions, struggles, and visions that “re-place” care “as anarcheof human existence and of social relations.”  In its organizing strategies,Take Carestrives to take on the challenges posed by its program: to rethink affective dimensions of (curatorial) labour; decentre individual authorship; profile radical communities of care; reallocate cultural and institutional resources; cut through apathy and empathy; practice collective resiliency; respect existing initiatives and historical precedents; and generate new bonds.Take Careis, in short, a connective project.
#callresponse | Amelia Abreu | Art Metropole | Christi Belcourt | Amber Berson and Juliana Driever | Anthea Black | Marc Böhlen | Lisa Busby | CareForce | Cevan Castle | Circo Zero | Claire Fontaine | Joshua Clover | Marcia Crosby | Cultural Workers Organize | Thirza Cuthand | Dames Making Games | Erika DeFreitas | Dillon de Give | Kay Dickinson | Deirdre Donoghue and Lise Haller Baggesen | Steven Eastwood | EMILIA-AMALIA | Claire Fontaine | Lauren Fournier | Kelly Fritsch | Janna Graham | k.g. Guttman | Nasrin Himada | Jacqueline Hoàng Nguy?n | Tarah Hogue | Home Affairs | Sheena Hoszko | Maria Hupfield | Jakob Jakobsen | Ursula Johnson | Kwentong Bayan | Carolyn Lazard | Leisure | Cheryl L’Hirondelle | Deborah Ligorio | LoVid | Paul Maheke | Terrill Maguire | Isaac Murdoch | Esther Neff and IV Castellanos | Petrina Ng | Onaman Collective | Marisa Morán Jahn | Shani K Parsons | Coman Poon | Precarious Workers Brigade | Radiodress | Raju Rage | Helena Reckitt | Kerri-Lynn Reeves | Jeff Reinhardt | Ian Roderick | Zoë Schneider | Shane Aslan Selzer | Sarah Sharma | Amie Siegel | Juliana Spahr | Kara Stone | Tanya Tagaq | Pelin Tan | The Element Choir | Evan Tyler | Justice Walz | Boo Watson | Jessica Lynn Whitbread | Tania Willard | Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory | Laura Yuile | and more…
EXHIBITION CIRCUITS The exhibitions, performances, publications, and workshops comprisingTake Careare organized around five circuits of care:
Circuit 1:Labour of Curation,September 11–30, 2017
Habits of Care Lisa Busby, Claire Fontaine, Deborah Ligorio, Paul Maheke, Raju Rage, Amie Siegel, Laura Yuile Curated by Helena Reckitt
Circuit 2:Care Work, October 16–November 4, 2017
The Let Down Reflex Cevan Castle, Home Affairs with Ozlem Ozkal, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguy?n, Kerri-Lynn Reeves, Lise Haller-Baggesen & Deirdre Donoghue, LoVid, Shane Aslan Selzer, Dillon de Give, Leisure, Shani K. Parsons Curated by Amber Berson and Juliana Driever Marisa Morán Jahn (Studio REV-),CareForce Kwentong Bayan(Althea Balmes + Jo SiMalaya Alcampo),Labour of Love k.g. Guttman,Hands become Ears
Circuit 3:Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid,November 20–December 9, 2017
The Sustenance Rite Anthea Black, Thirza Cuthand, Erika DeFreitas, Petrina Ng, Zoë Schneider, Kara Stone, Evan Tyler, Justice Walz, Jessica Lynn Whitbread Curated by Lauren Fournier Circo Zero,Turbulence (a dance about the economy) Radiodress,MKVCeremony
Circuit 4:Stewardship,January 8–27, 2018
#callresponse Artists: Christi Belcourt, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Tania Willard, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory Guest Respondents: Isaac Murdoch, Esther Neff and IV Castellanos, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Marcia Crosby, Tanya Tagaq Curated by Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield, and Tania Willard
Steven Eastwood The Interval and the Instant Sheena Hoszko Correctional Service Canada Accommodation Guidelines: Mental Healthcare Facility Jakob Jakobsen Hospital Prison University Carolyn Lazard In Sickness and Study
NEW PUBLICATIONS The Blackwood Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of its serial broadsheet publication,The Blackwood, which is designed to circulate research and support creative inquiry in advance of an exhibition program.
Issue 1anticipates theTake Careprogram with contributions from artists, activists, writers, curators, and researchers critically engaging the crisis of care, including texts fromEmma Dowling,Lauren Fournier,Kassandra Hangdaan,Park McArthurandConstantina Zavitsanos,Radiodress,Lynx Sainte-Marie, andSarah Sharma; interviews withAlbert BanerjeeandSteven Eastwood,Care Watch, andAi-jen Poo; and projects fromCareForce (Marisa Morán Jahn),Labrador Land Protectors,Carolyn Lazard,Anchi Lin,Onaman Collective,Chloé RoubertandGemma Savio, andTania Willard.
The Blackwoodis available as aFREE, 24-page print publication at bookstores, libraries, community centres, and campuses across Mississauga and throughout the Greater Toronto Area. It is also available as a PDFhere.
Red Green Blue≠ White We are also pleased to announce the launch ofRed Green Blue≠ White, a digital publication and curatorial project by Johnson Ngo, that follows from the 2013 group exhibition of the same name. The publication includes essays byEmelie Chhangur,Francisco Fernando-Granados, commissioned artist’s projects byBrendan FernandesandKristina Lee Podesva, and works byGolboo Amani,Chun Hua Catherine Dong,Aryen Hoekstra,Manolo Lugo, Kika Nicolela, andJude Norris.
LAUNCH EVENT Please join us to celebrate the launch of these two new publications, produced by the Blackwood Gallery this summer.
Take CareandRed Green Blue≠ White Publications Launch Party
Thursday, August 17 6pm–9pm Studio.89 1065 Canadian Place, Suite 104 Mississauga, ON
Refreshments provided. AFREEshuttle bus will depart downtown Toronto from Mercer Union, 1286 Bloor Street West at 6pm, returning for 9pm.
7pm: Letters & Handshakes (Greig de Peuter and Christine Shaw) onTake Care
7:15pm: Roundtable withTake Carebroadsheet contributors Lauren Fournier, Lynx Sainte-Marie, and Sarah Sharma
8pm: Curator and Editor Johnson Ngo remarks onRed Green Blue≠ White
8:15pm: Group reading ofOther forms of conviviality…, a series of scores by Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos, published inThe Blackwood: Take Care
The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Image credit: Tania Willard, Basket Rescue Operation (talking to Peter Morin and remembering Dana Claxton's talk for the BCMA in Whistler) from the series Only Available Light, 2016. Courtesy the artist, #callresponse, and grunt gallery.
Notes:  Letters & Handshakes,“I stood before the source,”I stood before the source(Mississauga: Blackwood Gallery, 2016), 32.  Nancy Fraser, “Contradictions of Capital and Care,” inNew Left Review100 (2016): 99-117, and “Capitalism’s Crisis of Care: A Conversation with Nancy Fraser”, inDissentFall (2016): 30-37.  Fraser, “Capitalism’s Crisis of Care,” 91.  Precarias a la Deriva, “A Very Careful Strike - Four Hypotheses,” trans. Franco Ingrassia and Nate Holdren, inThe Commoner, no. 11 (2006): 41.
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