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Media City – Radical Acts of Care Online Exhibition
Tuesday, September 1 to Sunday, September 27
Radical Acts of Care offers audiences a multidisciplinary experience, bringing together moving image artworks, photography, drawing, performance, poetry, activism, and more, all from an incredible roster of international artists. Curator Greg de Cuir Jr. describes this program as “a modest survey of past and contemporary mobilizations of care in various forms,” an exhibition that “is concerned with radical praxis, and care as an agent for social change.”
Among many international gems, Radical Acts of Care features a newly minted digital restoration by the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna of celebrated Iranian poet and film director Forough Farrokhzad’s The House is Black (1962).
Madeline Anderson’s powerful film I Am Somebody (1970) records the struggles of 400 Black female hospital workers during their strike in Charleston, North Carolina in 1969.
In addition, Radical Acts of Care presents a multitude of artworks and interventions undertaken during the first months of lockdown, including celebrated multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Cauleen Smith’s COVID Manifesto (2020), and the world premiere of a 24-track album Something in Return by South African duo Marietjie Pauw and Garth Erasmus. Legendary poet Audre Lorde, animator and moving image artist Kelly Gallagher, and the transnational collective Pirate Care are also featured, as well as a program of audio talks from Taylor Renee Aldridge, Jessica Lynne, Cauleen Smith, and Lady Phe0nix.
An urgent intervention, Radical Acts of Care engages in the current moment, but with a long historical consciousness. To borrow words from the indelible poetry of Farrokhzad, this show “cuts a window,” to ultimately speak of the “end of darkness.”