Habits of Care, Opening Reception and Performances @ Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga [13 September]

Habits of Care, Opening Reception and Performances

17:00 - 20:00

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Blackwood Gallery
3359 Mississauga Road North, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6
Take 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

With performances by Laura Yuile and Paul Maheke

A FREE shuttle bus will depart from Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West) at 5:30pm, returning for 8:30pm.

Throughout the opening reception, Laura Yuile’s sculpture, «Mother Figure #4,» will be washed, dried, moisturized, and maintained.

At 7pm, Paul Maheke will perform Seeking After the Fully Grown Dancer *deep within*. Inspired by the “Authentic Movement” dance practice, this piece broaches ideas of bodily performativity and authenticity through a conversation with the audience.

In a contemporary context in which many individuals and groups feel under-valued and uncared for, Habits of Care addresses the links between the care of the self and collective care, asking where they overlap, and where they diverge and conflict. Recalling the etymological roots of the word “curating” in the Latin word for “caring,” Habits of Care is prompted by concerns with how the rhetoric of care plays out in and beyond the fields of art and culture. The exhibition points to where care is typically invested, and where it falls short. Looking to earlier practices of caretaking and ethics in the light of current urgencies, the show raises questions about how we might develop new habits of care that encompass both human and nonhuman others.
– Helena Reckitt

— About Take Care
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 five exhibition themes, or circuits of care. For more information on the exhibition, upcoming public programming and events, please visit blackwoodgallery.ca.

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