Especially since the
pandemic, care has become an integral part of public discourse. In their
conversation, artist Laura Mahnke and curator Sascia Bailer question whether it
is enough to create visibility for care. More specifically they ask: What comes
after visibility? How can structures of care be created and implemented?
Drawing on their artistic and curatorial practices - but also on their lived realities as mothers of young children - their conversation addresses the tensions between care, visibility, exhaustion, and social structures. They argue for exploring care as an organizational principle in order to make alternative infrastructures of the interpersonal a reality - where care is not a buzzword, but an ethical attitude of solidarity, togetherness and mutual support.
Sascia Bailer works at the intersection of curation, public space, and social justice. She was the artistic director 2019/20 of M.1 at the Arthur Boskamp Foundation in Hohenlockstedt, where she initiated a participatory program focusing on care. She is also working on her PhD at Zurich University of the Arts & University of Reading, researching the relationship between curatorial work and care.
Laura Mahnke studies experimental design and time-related media at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. She is one of eight women who form the feminist curatorial collective Cake&Cash. Through experiments with solidarity-based working methods, the collective strives to make unseen care work and preparatory processes of artistic production visible and transparent. For this purpose of visibility and an open discourse about care, Cake&Cash has an office in the HFBK gallery, established in November.