Curating with Care.
Sunday 26th March 2023
We are pleased to announce Pauline de Souza's , director and founder of Diversity Art Forum essay Transcultural Care and the Cultural Sector in the United Kingdom in the book Curating with Care edited by Elke Krasny and Laura Perry.
This book presents over 20 authors' reflections on 'curating care' - and presents a call to give curatorial attention to the primacy of care for all life and for more 'caring curating' that responds to the social, ecological and political analysis of curatorial caregiving.
Social and ecological struggles for a different planetary culture based on care and respect for the dignity of life are reflected in contemporary curatorial practices that explore human and non-human interdependence. The prevalence of themes of care in curating is a response to a dual crisis: the crisis of social and ecological care that characterizes global politics and the professional crisis of curating under the pressures of the increasingly commercialized cultural landscape. Foregrounding that all beings depend on each other for life and survival, this book collects theoretical essays, methodological challenges and case studies from curators working in different global geographies to explore the range of ways in which curatorial labour is rendered as care.
Practising curators, activists and theorists situate curatorial labour in the context of today's general care crisis. This volume answers to the call to more fully understand how their transformative work allows for imagining the future of bodily, social and environmental care and the ethics of interdependency differently.