Beyond Myself

Johnson, Mark; McKay, Deirdre; Nicolescu, Gabriela; Lee, Maggy and Nathalie, Dagmang. 2021. Beyond Myself. [Digital]

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Beyond Myself is a traveling exhibition that arises from the AHRC funded research project Curating Development.

Curating community-based art events and three exhibitions in London, Manila and Hong Kong drawing on object and photo elicitation, commissioned art work and food sharing enabled multiple voices and multiple ideas and interpretations – of migrant care workers, policy makers, artists, academics, as well as objects themselves, to be heard and enter a prolific and innovative form of dialogue about migrant welfare and investment both in the places where they live and work (like HK and London) and in the places where a significant portion of their earnings and resources are invested (the Philippines).

We conceive of curation as a particular form of research practice involving a continual process of negotiation among people, spaces, objects and images. We see exhibition making as a device which changes in the process of making. Curation is neither simply about capturing or representing the world, nor assembling a collection of objects and texts. Rather it is a creative process that through affective practices of care and conviviality brings forth ideas and inspires conversation, in this case about migration and development.

This virtual exhibition - available in both Filipino and English language versions - draws together and is a further iteration of those conversations, as well as a showcase of, and launch pad for, a variety of creative afterlives. In that way, the project is not just about curating development but also about developing and democratising curation.

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curation, development, migration, Philippines

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24 March 2021

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05 Dec 2022 16:37

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05 Dec 2022 16:37


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