AT THE MERCY OF OTHERS: THE POLITICS OF CARE
2005 Whitney Museum ISP Exhibition
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - Saturday, June 25, 2005
The City University of New York
The Art Gallery of The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Admission: free Tel: 212.817.738
Hours: Tue. - Sat., 12-6 PM
Joanna Malinowska's multiple screen installation, In Practice, documents her work as a cleaning lady in New York City, which she offered in exchange for philosophy lectures, piano concerts, etc... The work comments on the role of women versus logos and culture, on the role of immigrants from Eastern Europe, and subversively on the roles people assume or give to each other in social life.
At The Mercy of Others: The Politics of Care, the newest installment from the Whitney Independent Study Program Curatorial Group, takes "care" as an important social keyword and explores the many dimensions of the concept. The works in the exhibition question the assumption that caring for another is a natural impulse. The participating artists map care through a continuum of psychological dynamics, from narcissism to obsession, aggression to violence, guilt to obligation. Contesting the dominant uses of the term 'care," the exhibition engages a broader political context, touching on institutional care, human rights, and international aid, often revealing how power relations masquerade as care. While rejecting the sentimental and disingenuous uses of the term, the exhibition argues that care must remain a crucial ethical concept. Ultimately, the exhibition foregrounds a human subject in need of care-vulnerable, dependent, and at the mercy of others.
Joanna Malinowska's work is presented among the works of the following artists: Eleanor Antin, Robert Blanchon; AA Bronson; Sophie Calle; Teresa Dulce and Marne Lucas of Danzine; Alia Hasan-Khan; Alfredo Jaar; Mike Kelley; Mary Kelly; Elena Kovylina, Kristina Leko; Annette Messager; Christian Philipp Müller and Jane Johnston; Yoko Ono; Adrian Piper; and Ernest Truely, Danielle Brans and Sean Smith.
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