Take Care

March 3–July 21, 2019 

Curated by Christine Shaw

La Ferme du Buisson
Allée de la Ferme
77186 Noisiel
France

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Timiga nunalu, sikulu (My body, the land and the ice), 2016. 
HD video. Courtesy of the artist.
Exhibition Statement

Ten artists exhibiting for the first time in France question how activism, mutual aid, feminism, indigenous knowledge, queer desire, creative survival, and a closer relationship to the land can contribute to a better recognition of care as a powerful social and cultural force.

Because care is a political and artistic issue, the Art Centre is presenting a reflexive and practice-based collective exhibition on care. The artists in this exhibition offer new perspectives on the precariousness of artistic labour, gendered and racialized carework, economic crises, mass incarceration, mobility and migration, queer and non-conforming bodies, death and dying, and environmental stewardship.

Introduced in the academic and medical worlds in France, this notion is beginning to resonate across many other fields. In a French and global context of "care crisis," it is important to revalue and politicize care by exploring the new forms and relationships it can engender. As part of the Letters and Handshakes duo, Christine Shaw developed a year-long program at the Blackwood Gallery with residencies, workshops, exhibitions, and publications involving over 150 artists, researchers, activists, curators, and care workers confronting the crisis of care. Take Care at la Ferme du Buisson is a newly configured group exhibition based on this transversal project. In inviting a Canadian curator to present this exhibition, we are interested in mobilizing the questions activated by artists working elsewhere in the world, and examining how they could introduce new tools for exploring care in the French context.

The shared political proposition of these artist projects pivots on care as a possible nodal point among a multitude of actions, struggles, and visions. Extended by a series of performances, talks, and workshops, Take Care asks if an expansive conception of care can open common discursive ground toward linking multiple struggles locally and globally.

Artists

Stephanie Comilang, Steven Eastwood, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Sheena Hoszko, Kwentong Bayan Collective, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney, Raju Rage, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Related Programs

Sunday, March 3, 3pm
Opening & meet 
the artists Kwentong Bayan Collective, Steven Eastwood, Sheena Hoszko, Hazel Meyer, Raju Rage and the curator Christine Shaw
La Ferme du Buisson

Monday, March 11, 7:30pm
Talk

Sheena Hoszko "Art, care and abolition of prisons"
Cité internationale des arts, Paris

Saturday, April 13, 5pm
Kitchen table conversation
 with Raju Rage
La Ferme du Buisson

Saturday, April 13, 1–7pm
TaxiTram excursion

Centre photographique d’Ile-de-France > Ferme du Buisson > frac île-de-france – le plateau

Saturday, May 4, 5pm
Performance

Jeneen Frei Njootli
La Ferme du Buisson

Monday, May 6, 7pm
Talk

Jeneen Frei Njootli "ReMatriate"
Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris

Friday, May 17, 10am–6pm
“Curating and Care”

Workshop with Helena Reckitt & Christine Shaw
Cité internationale des arts, Paris

Saturday, May 25
Performance Day #4

Performances by Hazel Meyer, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and more
La Ferme du Buisson

Acknowledgments