(Un)Learning Habits of Care

Reckitt, Helena and Ndritu, Grace. 2019. '(Un)Learning Habits of Care'. In: (Un)Learning Habits of Care Workshop. Studio Voltaire, London, United Kingdom 19-22 September 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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A two–day workshop led by Helena Reckitt and artist Grace Ndiritu, considering the contexts of curatorial and artistic practice, the museum, and alternative communities to explore practices of care and productive refusal. The workshop was designed for people interested or active in artistic practice, cultural work, personal and collective care policies, attentive practices and ecologies.

Navigating these ideas through writing, reading, and role play, participants generated proposals and frameworks that promote care, mutual aid, and collective political practices while rejecting extractivist attitudes that treat care and nature as free and inexhaustible resources. The workshop included short mediation sessions led by Ndritu.

During the workshop, out loud readings took place from texts by Maria Puig de la Bellacasa on humans’ caring capacity, and ethical and political obligation for thinking about care in more than human worlds, and Donna Haraway on intimacy, kinship, and reproductive justice.

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The workshop took place as part of the public programme for Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s 'Rand/Goop' installation at Studio Voltaire, the artists’ first institutional exhibition in London.

'(Un)Learning Habits of Care' built on the workshop 'Taking (back) Care,' developed by Helena Reckitt and Christine Shaw at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, in May 2019.

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19 September 2019Accepted
22 September 2019Completed

Event Location:

Studio Voltaire, London, United Kingdom

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19-22 September 2019

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14 Apr 2023 09:06

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14 Apr 2023 09:06



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