Visualizing Care Imaginaries & Infrastructures

Visual for Queer Care panel

Jocelyn Olcott


Type: Lab

The Revaluing Care Lab organized a transnational conference that took place virtually via QiQoChat from May 12-14, 2022.

The labor of caring — for human and non-human worlds — is often invisible, underpaid, unrecognized. Care becomes visible mostly when it is not done or when it fails. The importance of naming essential workers as such emerged when they could not perform their jobs amid the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The seriousness of climate change becomes visible only as a consequence of the intensifying ecological crisis. This conference gathers activists, artists, scholars, and visual recorders to ask: what does it mean to visualize care? While the emphasis on imaginaries aims to underline the utopian dimension of redesigning care, the importance of infrastructures sheds light on concrete practices and assemblages that are built through these alternative designs. 


May 12, 2022

Care Infrastructures in Unequal Worlds

Chair: Jocelyn Olcott
Speakers: Emma Power, Miriam Williams, Kelly Dombroski, S M Waliuzzaman, Samantha Thompson

May 13, 2022

Politics of Care

Chair: Riikka Prattes
Speakers: Joan Tronto, Sarah Munawar, Nadine Machikou, Maggie FitzGerald

Legal Structures of Care

Chair: Marija Bartl
Speakers: Anju Mary Paul, Mignon Duffy, Jennifer Nedelsky, Marcelo Maciel Ramos

Urbanism, Care, and the Built Environment

Chair: Yanping Ni
Speakers: Agata Marzecova, Elke Krasny, Des Fitzgerald

Transfeminist Strikes

Chair: Tania Rispoli
Speakers: Marina Montanelli, Ambra Lancia, Natalia Hernández, Lucí Cavallero, Pierina Ferretti, Colectivo LASTESIS

Queer Care

Chair: Riikka Prattes
Speakers: Pedro Nicoli, Nat Raha, Hil Malatino

Popular Economies

Chair: Alioscia Castronovo
Speakers: Cristina Cielo, AbdouMaliq Simone, Natalia Quiroga, Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Rocio Garzon

Sex-Work and Motherhood

Chair: Pete Sigal
Speakers: Heather Berg, Sophie Lewis (link to Patreon), Jennifer C. Nash, SaeHim Park, Cinnamon Williams

Digital Care & the Human Body

Chair: Susan Craddock
Speakers: Mauro Turrini, Collettivo Ippolita, Clara Fernandez de Bobadilla Munoz, David Rodriguez Mateos, Chloe Sariego

Virtual Care Lab Interactive Workshop
Doc Film Festival & Panel Discussion 

Chair: Lauren Henschel
Amber Smith, Jiewei Li, Kate Silver, Amanda Kang, Eleanor Robb, Neil Prose, Rhonda Klevansky

May 14, 2022

Epistemologies of Care

Chair: Riikka Prattes 
Speakers: Felwine Sarr, Shay Welch, Encarnación Gutierrez Rodriguez (S/E)
Visual Recording: A Visual Approach

Universal Basic Income & Post-Work

Chair:  Dirk Philipsen
Speakers: Jenny Brown, Wilson Sherwin, Syretta Hill, Meyra Coban

Aesthetics & Politics: Technologies of Care

Chair: Shelley Park
Speakers: Kelsey Brod, Padmini Ray Murray, Tania Rispoli

Alternative Approaches to Economics and Labor

Chair: Alicia Girón (E/S)
Speakers: Suzanne Bergeron, Drucilla Barker, Richard Itaman Supriya Routh

Care, Soil, & Non-Human Environment

Chair: Saskia Cornes
Speakers: Kirsten Kurz, R.L. Martens, Saskia Cornes, Lauren Henschel

Final Roundtable: What Does it Mean to Visualize Care?

Chair: Wesley Hogan
Speakers: Anne Allison, Arturo Escobar, Diana Martínez (S) & Moritz Tenthoff (E/S)


Artists in the Exhibition Space 

Kate Alexandrite, Archer Boyette, Kelsey Brod, Zara Carpenter, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Ayling Zulema Dominguez, Devynn Emory, Brittany Green, Kym McDaniel, Zaire McPhearson, Camila Moreiras, Virtual Care Lab, Irupé Tentorio, Denise Shanté Brown, Kirsten Kurz, Lauren Henschel


Organizing Committee

Alioscia Castronovo, Saskia Cornes, Lauren Henschel, Jocelyn Olcott, Riikka Prattes, Mauro Turrini, Tania Rispoli

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