Ismail Afghan, Portable Performative Sculpture, 2020 (photo by Ivana Kalvacheva)

The Initiative for Practices and Visions of Radical Care, founded in 2020 in greater Paris, is a diverse group of practitioners of arts, crafts, philosophies, healing and therapy, its members coming from vastly spread geographies. Neither a classical collective nor a rigid structure, the Initiative is researching and reinventing modes of sustainable institutionalism. Based on friendships as well as professional bonds, it functions as an ecosystem and fosters interdependency, care and solidarity beyond identity.

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Elena Sorokina (Initiative for Practices and Visions of Radical Care) will conduct a workshop on practices of mutuality, intersectionality and care in artistic and curatorial work. This session will introduce participants to care as a flow of multiple activities of social reproduction that nurture individuals and sustain social, environmental and political bonds, foreground relatedness, and focus as much on process and methods as on outcomes. Care as a practice of mutuality can embrace the languages, energies, histories, landscapes, bodies, and materials that reflect a sophisticated, non-extractive and sensitive relationship to the human and non-human alike.

This session will include online heart-to-heart conversations with the other members of the Initiative, short screenings, non-hierarchal group discussions and practical exercises that will be used to generate ideas for how to implement these approaches in one’s own work and life.

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