On Illness, Resistance and Modes of Collective (Health) Care

05/09/2021 — 30/11/2021

Grafik: Noël Labridy nach Rest von Sophie Utikal aus der Serie When they returned to their Bodies, they returned home, 2019.

#1 Bad Feelings
#2 Collective Kinship and Care
#3 Solidary Health Care
#4 Memory and Care Activism

Event series with Alive (Hospital(y)tis), intimate talks and walks, workshops, Bar of Tears & exhibition with growing archive

with contributions by Johanna Ackva, Nuray Demir, Discoteca Flaming Star (CGB, Sara Pereira, Sofia Lomba, WM), Karin Michalski & Ann Cvetkovich, Kallia Kefala, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Sophie Utikal, Inga Zimprich (Feminist Health Care Research Group), a. o.

September till November 2021

 

The current global crises are crises of care – from the care for nature(s) to health care to the care for children, the elderly and the more vulnerable. These crises are the result of decades of neoliberal, extractivist policies that prioritise profit over people.

Health – understood also in relation to socio-economic conditions, environments, and ecosystems – is a central sphere for social reproduction, within which we mediate socially how we want to live together in solidarity. When we talk about health, it is therefore necessary to also look at existing social inequalities and relations of discrimination, which are intensified in the pandemic and under conditions of migration, mobility and digitality.

These collective and very multifaceted experiences of crisis inscribed in our bodies, in the present and the past. They demand an exchange experiences about health / illness and the political potential of “negative” feelings from an intersectional perspective, to learn from each other and to make knowledge about alternative, self-organised and solidary practices and networks in the field of healthcare more visible. To this end, we are devoting this research project to four central themes, #1Bad Feelings, #2 Collective Kinship and Care, #3 Solidary Health Care, #4 Memory and Care Activism, and bring together artistic and activist positions from the fields of art, theory, and practice to challenge the status quo with resistant models of collective care.

The research project unfolds as a discursive-performative event series and exhibition with a growing archive, which is nourished by the traces of exchange, research, and collective sadness, caring for each other, therapy and remembering.

PROGRAM

5 September 2021, 6-9 pm
Discoteca Flaming Star: Alive (Hospital(y)tis)

14 October until 14 November 2021
Exhibition with growing archive

12.-14. November 2021
Nuray Demir: Nuray’s Bar of Tears

 

Team – Nuray Demir (Curator Nuray’s Bar of Tears), Johanna Ekenhorst (Communication / Concept / Co-curator Collective Kinship and Care), Nino Halka (Concept / Production / Co-curator Intimate Talks), Lydia Karagiannaki (Project Assistance), Andrea Caroline Keppler (Concept / Artistic Director / Production), Noël Labridy (Graphics / Project Assistance), Anneli Schütz (Finances), Ferdiansyah Thajib (Co-Curator Memory and Care Activism).

With the kind support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe