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Take Care

Take Care
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga
Time: Sep 11th, 9:00 am End: Mar 10th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-
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Take Care

September 11, 2017–March 10, 2018
Curated by Letters & Handshakes
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga
Because care is not a domestic question but rather a public matter and generator of conflict.
- Precarias a la Deriva

Encompassing a five-part exhibition series, performances, publications, and workshops, Take Care follows a 2016 group exhibition, curated by Letters & Handshakes, at the Blackwood Gallery. That exhibition, I stood before the source, featured artists confronting the aesthetic problem of representing contemporary capitalism, and concluded with this impulse: to imagine a “shift from the metrics of accumulation to the requirements of care as an ordering principle of social relations.” [1] Immediately, however, this statement encounters the “crisis of care,” [2] the problematic within, against, and beyond which Take Care mobilizes more than 100 artists, activists, curators, and researchers.

Anatomizing the crisis of care and its systemic underpinnings, Take Care pushes back against both the low cultural visibility of care work and the prevailing extractivist attitude toward care, which, as Nancy Fraser puts it, treats care, like nature, as a free, infinite resource—a logic to which this project’s title signals. [3] Rather than take care for granted, we embark on this project as a transdisciplinary inquiry into care, setting out to explore care’s heterogeneous and contested meanings, practices, and sites, as well as the political, economic, and technological forces currently shaping care. Although we strive to elevate care, the intention is not to position care as a cure or panacea or even as benign: care involves relations of power in which concern and control, empathy and exhaustion, dependence and interdependence, the systemic and the intimate, responsibility and obligation are entangled.

The exhibition series’ political proposition, kept in play throughout, pivots on care as a possible nodal point among actions, struggles, and visions that “re-place” care “as an arche of human existence and of social relations.” [4] In its organizing strategies, Take Care strives to take on the challenges posed by its program: to rethink affective dimensions of (curatorial) labour; decentre individual authorship; profile radical communities of care; reallocate cultural and institutional resources; cut through apathy and empathy; practice collective resiliency; respect existing initiatives and historical precedents; and generate new bonds. Take Care is, in short, a connective project.

#callresponse | Amelia Abreu | Art Metropole | Christi Belcourt | Amber Berson and Juliana Driever | Anthea Black | Marc Böhlen | Lisa Busby | CareForce | Cevan Castle | Circo Zero | Claire Fontaine | Joshua Clover | Marcia Crosby | Cultural Workers Organize | Thirza Cuthand | Dames Making Games | Erika DeFreitas | Dillon de Give | Kay Dickinson | Deirdre Donoghue and Lise Haller Baggesen | Steven Eastwood | EMILIA-AMALIA | Claire Fontaine | Lauren Fournier | Kelly Fritsch | Janna Graham | k.g. Guttman | Nasrin Himada | Jacqueline Hoàng Nguy?n | Tarah Hogue | Home Affairs | Sheena Hoszko | Maria Hupfield | Jakob Jakobsen | Ursula Johnson | Kwentong Bayan | Carolyn Lazard | Leisure | Cheryl L’Hirondelle | Deborah Ligorio | LoVid | Paul Maheke | Terrill Maguire | Isaac Murdoch | Esther Neff and IV Castellanos | Petrina Ng | Onaman Collective | Marisa Morán Jahn | Shani K Parsons | Coman Poon | Precarious Workers Brigade | Radiodress | Raju Rage | Helena Reckitt | Kerri-Lynn Reeves | Jeff Reinhardt | Ian Roderick | Zoë Schneider | Shane Aslan Selzer | Sarah Sharma | Amie Siegel | Juliana Spahr | Kara Stone | Tanya Tagaq | Pelin Tan | The Element Choir | Evan Tyler | Justice Walz | Boo Watson | Jessica Lynn Whitbread | Tania Willard | Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory | Laura Yuile | and more…


The exhibitions, performances, publications, and workshops comprising Take Careare organized around five circuits of 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
Circuit 2: Care Work, October 16–November 4, 2017
The Let Down Reflex
Cevan Castle, Home Affairs with Ozlem Ozkal, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguy?n, Kerri-Lynn Reeves, Lise Haller-Baggesen & Deirdre Donoghue, LoVid, Shane Aslan Selzer, Dillon de Give, Leisure, Shani K. Parsons
Curated by Amber Berson and Juliana Driever
Marisa Morán Jahn (Studio REV-), CareForce
Kwentong Bayan (Althea Balmes + Jo SiMalaya Alcampo), Labour of Love
k.g. Guttman, Hands become Ears
Circuit 3: Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid, November 20–December 9, 2017
The Sustenance Rite
Anthea Black, Thirza Cuthand, Erika DeFreitas, Petrina Ng, Zoë Schneider, Kara Stone, Evan Tyler, Justice Walz, Jessica Lynn Whitbread
Curated by Lauren Fournier
Circo Zero, Turbulence (a dance about the economy)
Radiodress, MKV Ceremony
Circuit 4: Stewardship, January 8–27, 2018
Artists: Christi Belcourt, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Tania Willard, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Guest Respondents: Isaac Murdoch, Esther Neff and IV Castellanos, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Marcia Crosby, Tanya Tagaq
Curated by Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield, and Tania Willard
Circuit 5: Collective Welfare, February 12–March 10, 2018
Steven Eastwood
The Interval and the Instant
Sheena Hoszko 
Correctional Service Canada Accommodation Guidelines: Mental Healthcare Facility
Jakob Jakobsen
Hospital Prison University
Carolyn Lazard
In Sickness and Study

For more on the program, click here.

The Blackwood Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of its serial broadsheet publication, The Blackwood, which is designed to circulate research and support creative inquiry in advance of an exhibition program.
Issue 1 anticipates the Take Care program with contributions from artists, activists, writers, curators, and researchers critically engaging the crisis of care, including texts from Emma Dowling, Lauren Fournier, Kassandra Hangdaan, Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos, Radiodress, Lynx Sainte-Marie, and Sarah Sharma; interviews with Albert Banerjee and Steven Eastwood, Care Watch, and Ai-jen Poo; and projects from CareForce (Marisa Morán Jahn), Labrador Land Protectors, Carolyn Lazard, Anchi Lin, Onaman Collective, Chloé Roubert and Gemma Savio, and Tania Willard.
The Blackwood is available as a FREE, 24-page print publication at bookstores, libraries, community centres, and campuses across Mississauga and throughout the Greater Toronto Area. It is also available as a PDF here.
Red Green Blue ≠ White
We are also pleased to announce the launch of Red Green Blue ≠ White, a digital publication and curatorial project by Johnson Ngo, that follows from the 2013 group exhibition of the same name. The publication includes essays by Emelie Chhangur, Francisco Fernando-Granados, commissioned artist’s projects by Brendan Fernandes and Kristina Lee Podesva, and works by Golboo Amani, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Aryen Hoekstra, Manolo Lugo, Kika Nicolela, and Jude Norris.   


Please join us to celebrate the launch of these two new publications, produced by the Blackwood Gallery this summer.
Take Care and Red Green Blue ≠ White 
Publications Launch Party
Thursday, August 17 
1065 Canadian Place, Suite 104
Mississauga, ON
Refreshments provided. A FREE shuttle bus will depart downtown Toronto from Mercer Union, 1286 Bloor Street West at 6pm, returning for 9pm.

7pm: Letters & Handshakes (Greig de Peuter and Christine Shaw) on Take Care
7:15pm: Roundtable with Take Care broadsheet contributors Lauren Fournier, Lynx Sainte-Marie, and Sarah Sharma
8pm: Curator and Editor Johnson Ngo remarks on Red Green Blue ≠ White
8:15pm: Group reading of Other forms of conviviality…, a series of scores by Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos, published in The Blackwood: Take Care



 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.

Image credit:
Tania Willard, Basket Rescue Operation (talking to Peter Morin and remembering Dana Claxton's talk for the BCMA in Whistler) from the series Only Available Light, 2016. Courtesy the artist, #callresponse, and grunt gallery.

[1] Letters & Handshakes, “I stood before the source,” I stood before the source (Mississauga: Blackwood Gallery, 2016), 32.
[2] Nancy Fraser, “Contradictions of Capital and Care,” in New Left Review 100 (2016): 99-117, and “Capitalism’s Crisis of Care: A Conversation with Nancy Fraser”, in Dissent Fall (2016): 30-37.
[3] Fraser, “Capitalism’s Crisis of Care,” 91.
[4] Precarias a la Deriva, “A Very Careful Strike - Four Hypotheses,” trans. Franco Ingrassia and Nate Holdren, in The Commoner, no. 11 (2006): 41.


Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
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Wednesday: 12–9pm
Saturday: 12–3pm
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