Art, life and capitalist social reproduction: Curating social practice

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Abstract

Addressing the latest encounter between feminist politics and art, this article identifies a curatorially driven turn towards social reproduction processes and infrastructures across the contemporary art field. It analyses the curatorial mediation of social practice through two UK-based projects that foreground social and economic justice issues, specifically through the politics and economies of food: Effy Harle and Finbar Prior’s Wandering Womb (2018), commissioned by Manual Labours for Nottingham Contemporary, and WochenKlausur’s Women-led Workers’ Cooperative (2013), initiated through Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts as part of the ECONOMY exhibition project. The central argument is that a rigorous engagement with social reproduction perspectives and theoretical vectors is vital to the analysis and critique of feminist curatorial work within the contemporary art institution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-176
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Curatorial Studies
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • curatorial maintenance
  • care and curating
  • social reproduction
  • feminist curating
  • social justice
  • social practice
  • participatory art
  • Effy Harle and Finbar Prior
  • manual labours
  • WochenKlausur
  • curating and social justice

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