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Care Work
Circuit 2/5 of Take Care
October 16–November 4, 2017
Curated by Letters & Handshakes
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga

k.g. Guttman
Hands become Ears

Marisa Morán Jahn (Studio REV-)
CareForce

Kwentong Bayan Collective
In Love and Struggle

Onaman Collective
Land and Water Protectors

The Let Down Reflex
Curated by Amber Berson and Juliana Driever
Lise Haller Baggesen and Deirdre M. Donoghue, Cevan Castle / The Center for Parenting Artists, Dillon de Give, Home Affairs with Ozlem Ozkal, Leisure, LoVid, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Shani K Parsons, Kerri-Lynn Reeves, Shane Aslan Selzer


Work is a primary scene of the crisis of care. Take Care’s second circuit, Care Work, confronts the systemic undervaluing of caring labour by a capitalist political economy whose living foundation is nonetheless maintained by this labour. Making care public, Care Work renders the performance of care visible, audible, and haptic. Expanding what counts as the work of care, this circuit responds to the extractivist attitude that care is perpetually available for the taking, a point on which the crises of care and ecology converge, with the proposition that attending to the work of care is integral to the transformational project to reframe care as infrastructure.
– Letters & Handshakes



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PUBLIC PROGRAMS

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, October 15, 12–5pm
Exhibition tour to Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of York University, Y+ contemporary. To join the bus tour, please RSVP by October 13 at 5pm to blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca.

Carework as Choreography
Wednesday, October 18, 12–4pm
12–2pm: Feminist Lunchtime Talks with Cynthia Cranford, Marisa Morán Jahn, Kwentong Bayan Collective, Pinky Paglingayen
2–3pm: Exhibition Talk & Tour
3–4pm: Dance Rally
Blackwood Gallery

Kwentong Bayan Collective (Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo) and Marisa Morán Jahn (CareForce) will present their projects in Take Care, UTM faculty Cynthia Cranford will speak to her research on personal care work in California and Ontario, and local activist Pinky Paglingayen will discuss her advocacy work as a former caregiver and now settlement counsellor with the Caregivers in Transition Program. The talk is followed by an exhibition tour and a CareForce dance rally led by Morán Jahn.

Care, Automated
Workshop with Amelia Abreu, Marc Böhlen, Ian Roderick, Sarah Sharma
Saturday, October 21, 11am–3pm
Hosted by Letters & Handshakes
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, 39 Queen’s Park Cres. E., Toronto

Four researchers share their inquiries into intersections of care, technology, and automation: Sarah Sharma highlights the already robotic forms of care and intimacy that comprise gendered commitments and forms of normativity tied to capital; Ian Roderick examines how social robots function as metaphors and mediators of caregiving; Amelia Abreu explores the meaning of the automation of care in a service-oriented economy; and Marc Böhlen presents speculative designs for a “robot to die with.” This event is FREE but please RSVP to reserve your seat.

Reader-in-Residence Session with Art Metropole
Public reading by Alize Zorlutuna
Wednesday, October 25, 12–1pm
Blackwood Gallery

Hands become Ears
Performances led by k.g. Guttman
In collaboration with Terrill Maguire, Coman Poon, and Rosemary (Rosie) Horsley, Audrey Joyal, Carol Lim, Diane Milliard, Lynn Shaw, and Lorna Williams.

For students and by appointment only
October 25–November 4 (not including Sundays)
University of Toronto Mississauga campus

Hands become Ears cultivates techniques of talking, listening, moving, smelling, tasting, and touching in order to attune to the fluctuating exchanges of power that are continually renegotiated in the space between performer and audience, care receiver and care giver.

Love’s Labours
A moving image program
Saturday, October 28, 1–3pm
The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto

Curated by Shani K Parsons, Love’s Labours is a 50-minute video program on intersections of motherhood and artistic practice as they relate to issues of care. This event is FREE but please RSVP to reserve your seat.

A Day of Affectionate Actions
Saturday, November 4, 1–4pm
1pm: Introduction by Amber Berson and Juliana Driever
1:30pm: HouseHold by LoVid
3pm: By My Own Admission by Dillon de Give
MiST Theatre, UTM

This event brings together two live performances that highlight the fluidity of family and art. LoVid and their children (Rama, Dlisah, and Lo’am) perform together using a range of instruments and objects, and Dillon de Give invites parents and caretakers to share the details of their bedtime routines in front of a live audience. Children of all ages welcome.



ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

For more information about the artists, curators, and program participants, and for detailed descriptions of each exhibition and event, please visit our website.



ABOUT TAKE CARE

September 11, 2017–March 10, 2018
Curated by Letters & Handshakes

Encompassing a five-part exhibition series, performances, and workshops, Take Care mobilizes more than 100 artists, activists, curators, and researchers confronting the crisis of care. Take Care unfolds as a series of exhibitions organized around five circuits of care.

Labour of Curation, September 11–30, 2017
Care Work, October 16–November 4, 2017
Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid, November 20–December 9, 2017
Stewardship, January 8–27, 2018
Collective Welfare, February 12–March 10, 2018



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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.

The Blackwood Gallery is grateful for additional support for Circuit 2: Care Work from the Department of Visual Studies (UTM); McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, Faculty of Information (UTSG); Parkland on the Glen Retirement Living; The Revue Cinema; Streetsville Public Library; Student Housing and Residence Life (UTM); Women and Gender Studies (UTM); Visual Arts Mississauga; University of Toronto Affinity Partners Manulife, TD Insurance, and MBNA.

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Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
905-828-3789
blackwoodgallery.ca

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday: 12–5pm
Wednesday: 12–9pm
Saturday: 12–3pm

The Blackwood Gallery promotes LGBTQ2 positive spaces and experiences and is barrier-free. The gallery is FREE and open to the public.

Image credits:
k.g. Guttman, I asked the audience to close one eye (performance rehearsal documentation), 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Kwentong Bayan Collective, In Love and Struggle: A Visual Timeline of Caregiving Work in Canada (detail), 2017. Courtesy the artists.