FRArt Intersections of Care

1. Intersections of Care

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Intersections of Care is a research project in the arts by Florence Cheval and Loraine Furter.

Intersections of Care aims at researching and experimenting with display, understood as material or immaterial dispositifs connecting different elements in space in order to create a discourse or a narrative within an exhibition. We intend to work on those devices that are usually quite overlooked but which nevertheless make the link between space, artefacts and humans. Display stands for an interstice, an interface, through which issues of crucial importance in terms of seeing, knowing, but also of power relationships, unfolds - since it contributes to model, to give shape and meaning to the singular elements it connects.

The exhibition space as a public space (re)produces a certain vision, a certain reading, a certain perspective on artefacts in particular and the world in general. It is urgent for us to reflect on ways to reconfigure this exhibition space, including its actors; to reshape it, to bring it towards other modes of existence, to experiment around these modes to open up to non-binary, intersectional perspectives.

Our project focusses on building up a series of links between a number of singular projects in a genealogy of forms, while at the same time tackling the following questions: What visibility is given to what, to whom? Who is speaking, what are the conditions of speech? Who is seen, who is heard? Who is watching, who is listening? More specifically: how to design a display that integrates, deploys and activates issues of inclusivity, intersectionality and non-binarity, as a means to propose another reading of the artworks and of the exhibition, but also potentially as an alternative way to take position in the world?

It is about experimenting with display as a specific construction of a perspective in the (public) space of the exhibition, but also as a relational device towards certain hybridizations, other ways to produce knowledge and possibilities.

We engage into display as part and parcel of the following practices and formats: the publication (publishing), the exhibition (curating), and the institution (instituting) while placing them in a dialogue that will contribute to open up each of them and to construct new types of relationships.