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Struggle and the Politics of Self Care: A Curatorial Perspective

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Struggle and the Politics of Self Care: A Curatorial Perspective

Abdul Hadi, Sundus (2017) Struggle and the Politics of Self Care: A Curatorial Perspective. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

“Take Care of Your Self” is a research-creation project that explores the potential for transcultural dialogue and engagement through the concept of “Care-full curation.” To explore these ideas through research-creation I organized a week-long exhibition and series of events held during the summer of 2017 in Montreal titled “Take Care of Your Self: A Transcultural Art Event”. The exhibit, in which I was both participating artist and curator, featured work by 27 artists of colour, or “othered” artists from diverse communities. The exhibit sought to explore how notions of self-care, self-determination and healing have conceptually informed artists from a wide range of cultural orientations who are dealing with complex issues of personal, social and political struggle.

Through care-full curation, my intention was to foster counter-narratives to the existing structures perpetrated by mainstream media that keep our diverse struggles separated, and to create a safe space illustrated by artworks and conversations on the subject of self-care and struggle. In this paper, I draw on the concept of self-care as it is articulated and practiced in Black feminist thought and contemporary social movements. I explore how empowerment can be integrated into an approach of critical curation and intersectionality. I also locate the exhibit and series of events in the larger framework of self-care and art as a method of transformative transcultural convening. I position my own practice as an artist-curator through both theory and method by highlighting the process, goals and outcomes of the exhibition “Take Care of Your Self”.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Abdul Hadi, Sundus
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Media Studies
Date:12 September 2017
Keywords:trauma / healing / empowerment / counter-narrative / social justice / transcultural / convening / intersectionality / safe space / ruptures / marginality / research-creation
ID Code:983135
Deposited By: SUNDUS ABDUL HADI
Deposited On:30 Oct 2017 17:43
Last Modified:17 Sep 2018 20:18
Additional Information:Zip archive contains the following exhibition material : 1. “TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF” EXHIBITION CATALOGUE (PDF) 2. TCOYS CURATORIAL STATEMENT (PDF) 3. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 4. TCOYS GALLERY PHOTOS AND VIDEO 5. TCOYS GUEST BOOK (PDF) 6. MEDIA COVERAGE (PDF) 7. PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS (PDF) 8. EMORY DOUGLAS INTERVIEW (MP3) Also available at this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fe3mesb5c8bpiq5/AADr7XRH4JHlIyRqQg0PikKoa?dl=0

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