As human beings we want to care and to be cared for to remain related to others. Under the title The Right Distance the second edition of the Who Cares? Feminist Art Festival invites artists, activists and cultural workers to reflect on the interstitial space that is created between the caregiver and the cared-for.
Care is usually regarded from the perspective of the caregiver as something that is given to or done for another living being. This approach forgets the vital role of the cared-for in maintaining this relationship. With The Right Distance the festival reinforces the idea of care as a relationship between two parties that are equally responsible for staying in relatedness, even though their roles are different. Moving away from the paternalistic approach of care that is based on projections and principles, care as a relational practice depends upon the one-caring as well as the cared-for being in a state of receptivity in which the right distance is constantly actualized.
With seven exhibition pieces, nine workshop, seventeen performances, two talks and further inclusive formats (also for kids, teenagers, cis-men u.a.) and 600 visitors, the festival in September 2022 contributed to an overarching reflection on care work.