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S:E:P:A:L:S: An Intersectional Approach to Care and Safety

December 11 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Free
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S: E: P: A: L: S: An Intersectional Approach to Care and Safety is a half-day event, digital garden and future publication that aims to generate a focused understanding of how we can use care and safety in more diverse ways within curating, institutional decision making, commissioning and education. All these areas impact how we engage with each other and comprehend cultural fields. The event will consist of guest speakers and some members of the S: E: P: A: L: S Group who will tackle the ideas of care and safety in different ways.

Lauren Craig will look deeper into her conceptual modality S: E: P: A: L: S; an approach for protective knowledge production and ethical cultural memory.

Jack Ky Tan will envision a different ecosystem that considers what can happen beyond activism. He will also explore some of the legal and governance shifts we might need for this.

Afro-Carib curator Helen Starr and Afro-Somali artist Salma Noor will present an interactive multiplayer virtual world. In a futuristic Sahel-ian desert world, which houses a golden breathing app, a wellbeing experience challenges Western notions of artistic practice. 

Created with advice from Indian breath specialist and neurologist Dr. Ash Ranpura, Helen and Salma will present It was a Roadside Picnic (Beyond Black Orientalism) – the World as a futuristic re-imagination, existing in Time and Zones that Spring from and Move in Breath (2021). 

This virtual world is from the imaginary of Salma Noor joined by artists Megan Broadmeadow (WLS/UK), Brandon Covington Sam-Sumana (USA), Nicholas Delap (WLS/ENG), Ben Hall (ENG/SCO), Nayu Kim (KOR), Kinnari Saraiya (IND). It is framed and held in love and longing by curators Amrita Dhallu (IND/UK), Kinnari Saraiya (IND) and Helen Starr (TT). 

Janine Francois Rest as Reparations (2020) will explore the idea of ‘rest’ as an embodied act within cultural institutions to critique historical and contemporary notions of un/productivity also to normalise idleness or ‘not doing’ as racialised and gendered care work. Francois will explore what care looks like for marginalised practitioners working with cultural institutions and how we can imagine life without them. 

Finally, Art psychotherapist, Georgina Obaya Evans will hold a shared space for reflection, transformation and creative self-enquiry.

The S: E: P: A: L: S Group was initiated by Jack Ky Tan, Helen Starr, Pauline de Souza, Salma Noor, Lauren Craig, Lisa Kennedy, Janine Francois and Racha Bouhouche.

Registration is now open. Book your free tickets via Eventbrite.