in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Contradictions of Capital, Curating, and Care
Lecturer: Sascia Bailer
Even though carework has historically been one of the most exploitative and invisible forms of labor mainly performed by women, it seems to have taken a pandemic to bring these unequal conditions to the foreground of public debate. This course will take a critical look at the history of social reproduction and how the roles of women as primary caregivers have changed over time up to today; this includes a look at a range of feminist activist initiatives that challenge the status quo of un(der)paid care work. The course will furthermore revisit the etymological root of curating (Latin, curare = care) and how curatorial labor, in many ways like care-work, is a highly feminized, invisible, and precarious practice. Lastly, the course looks at the discourse around curating-as-care as a curatorial activist practice to challenge the uneven conditions around gender, care, and community.
This course is conceived as a dialog-based, participatory format that contains group work and hands-on exercises in relation to the topics and ethics of care, and the ways in which these can be introduced into the participants own curatorial practice.
Sascia Bailer works at the intersection of curating, public space, and social justice. She is the Artistic Director 2019/20 of M.1 by the Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung and is a PhD candidate in the practice-based curatorial program at the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of Reading. She has worked internationally within the arts, including MoMA PS1, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. She holds an MA from Parsons School of Design and a BA from Zeppelin University.
Image: Care for Caregivers, Performative exercise with artist Myriam Lefkowitz during Workshop at M.1 Hohenlockstedt, curated by Sascia Bailer
Preparation for the course:
Please use a headset (or headphones) and stay in a quiet place with a stable internet connection. Please read the texts which you will get access to once you have booked the course.
This intensive two-part direct live teaching course will be held over Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays, 2–6pm CET. Please prepare a very short introduction of yourself. The first session will be used for an in-depth introduction to the topic, and workshop research. Assignments will be given for the second session. Feedback and evaluation will be given in the second session. After successful completion, a certificate with 1 ECTS point will be handed out.
Download the Zoom application. You will find a detailed installation guide here. Zoom can be also used in a browser window on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone. You will find a Zoom invitation with a link to access the workshop.