Who Cares? Feminist Art Festival



Who Cares? creates a framework for thinking about Care as an essential condition for maintaining human and non-human life. In the course of our lives, all of us encounter Care in one way or another. We are reliant on it as newborns, when we are sick or at the end of our lives. Most of us care, feel care, and are cared for. To recognize that no single person can survive without other people´s Care is also to acknowledge our own vulnerability and interdependency.

What makes care so special is that it is an important bond for human beings. However, it is indeed problematic to automatically associate Care with love or even with a pleasant affection. Caring is not neutral; it involves work and, most of the time, also power relations. The labor needed to sustain interdependent worlds is often based on exploitation. In fact, Care work is the most important condition for a capitalist economy: only because other people or nature undertake reproductive tasks for free or in precarious relationships, can the market economy grow constantly. Consequently, caring for something means also to neglect, silence or even erase other relationships. So it is crucial to question what is being maintained at the expense of whom.

Artists, architects and activists were invited to reflect on Care in relation to work, private sphere/intimacy, nature or neighborhood. By refusing to focus on only one aspect, the festival intends to highlight unsolved tensions, exploring different dimensions of care. Who Cares? encourages the celebration of the richness of the Care paradigm, whilst at the same time embracing its ambivalent character. Care has the potential to foster more engagement and solidarity within the relationships we establish. Who Cares? aims to create awareness of the implications of Caring, eventually inspiring new ways of relating with human and non-human beings.



PROJECT Who Cares? Feminist Art Festival

Festival about Care work

LOCATION feldfünf e. V. (Berlin, GERMANY) and online
DATE 6-17 November 2020
WHO Curator: Valeria Schwarz

Curatorial advice: Studio IN Carla Isern

Exhibition design: Studio IN Carla Isern

Assistance: Katja Volkenant and Lorène Blanche Goesele

Graphic design: Farina Krause with Studio IN

Website: Betiana Bellofatto

Proofreading: Emily Hawkins and Joachim Peerenboom

Documentation: Carman Ho (video), Patricia Escriche (photo)

Artists: Adela Bravo Sauras, Marula Di Como, Maternal Fantasies, Lisa Glauer, Núria Güell, Eliana Heredia, Valentina Karga (in Kooperation with Mina e. V.), hands.on.matter, The Feminist Needlework Party, Tabita Rezaire, Valeria Schwarz and Anaïs Senli

Er(be)leben 2019