Talk and Conversation

“I Couldn’t Care More”. Care-full Cultural Practice and the Future of the Institution

With iLiana Fokianaki and Stephanie Rosenthal

This talk asks why the art world has been paying attention to concepts of care over the past few years. Curator iLiana Fokianaki takes a deeper look at the different concepts and history of the term care.

Ámà: 4 Days on Caring, Repairing and Healing
  • In English; Speech-to-text

Past Dates

The diminishing of care in all facets of human life has been one of the major effects of austerity policies, made even more visible during the global pandemic of COVID-19. These last decades, neoliberalism has capitalised on the individualist notion of care, widely promoted as “self-care,” through an industry with billions in revenues. By “leaning-in” and taking care of oneself, contemporary subjectivities of the so-called “developed” world are tasked with the care of their overworked bodies, but are less and less interested in the wellbeing of bodies that are outside of the immediate realm of their family, class, working environment, neighbourhood, city, country. Care has been a subject matter the art world is concerned with. The global pandemic has made it all the more urgent. But is it a real concern that will lead to change in the ways we operate in our institutions and working relationships? How can care – if studied care-fully – provide transformative responses to the various problems that art institutions have been facing?

iLiana Fokianaki is a curator, theorist based in Athens and Rotterdam and the director of State of Concept Athens and the research platform The Bureau of Care. Her research focuses on formations of power and how they manifest under the influence of geopolitics, identity and cultural and anthropological histories.

Stephanie Rosenthal (moderator) is the Director of the Gropius Bau. Here, she has curated internationally acclaimed exhibitions such as Wu Tsang: There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody (2019), Garden of Earthly Delights (2019) and Otobong Nkanga: There’s No Such Thing as Solid Ground (2020).