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27 Sep. 2017

Reader-in-Residence: Joshua Vettivelu

TAKE CARE / Labour of Curation, Blackwood Gallery

Please join us for a Reader-in-Residence Session with artist Josh Vettivelu as part of Blackwood Gallery’s exhibition, “Habits of Care” curated by Helena Reckitt.

Joshua Vettivelu is an artist working within sculpture, video, performance, and installation. Their work seeks to explore how larger frameworks of power manifest within intimate relationships. Recently, their practice has been examining the tensions that emerge when personal experiences are mined for art production, and how this allows institutions to posture and position themselves as self-reflexive. Vettivelu currently teaches in the Faculty of Continuing Education at OCAD University and is the Director of Programming for Whippersnapper Gallery.

About Habits of Care:

In a contemporary context in which many individuals and groups feel under-valued and uncared for, Habits of Care addresses the links between the care of the self and collective care, asking where they overlap, and where they diverge and conflict. Recalling the etymological roots of the word ‘curating’ in the Latin word for ‘caring,’ the exhibition is prompted by concerns with how the rhetoric of care plays out in the fields of art, culture and beyond. It points to where care is typically invested, and where it falls short, raising questions about how we might develop new habits of care that encompass both human and non-human others.

“Habits of Care” runs from Sept. 11 – 30, 2017 at Blackwood Gallery. Click here for a full listing of associated events and programming.