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October 3, 2020 - October 30, 2020

Beyond Space: A Gathering on Care in Strange Times

Hosted by Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC / CCA) is excited to present its 2020 Annual Gathering Beyond Space: A Gathering on Care in Strange Times which is taking place for the first time in the digital space. Throughout the month of October, everyone is invited to join us to watch, listen and participate in a series of events around the theme of care. After the resounding successes of the Curating Care and Community Cares initiatives which aimed to provide concrete and quick support to Indigenous art creatives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to continue to honor the sharing of knowledge and art practices that are embedded in a galaxy of care relationships. This gathering is a witnessing of the BIPOC curators, artists, and cultural workers’ colossal work who explore and imagine our relationships in spaces and time beyond the colonial settler complex, which is slowly burning.

Indigenous peoples have always taken care of their homelands, communities, kin, and cultures in ways they could. As caretakers and protectors, the mutual support, love and tender acts of care remain tools and weapons of resistance to the colonial system. Care will not be co opted and it’s a necessity to acknowledge the roots of this spiderweb of support. We need to give credit to the Black author Audre Lorde who discussed the concept of self-care and community care decades ago. Lorde’s words of wisdom focus on care as acts of survival and armors of protection for the next BIPOC generations: “As we arm ourselves with ourselves and each other, we can stand toe to toe inside that rigorous loving and begin to speak the impossible – or what has always seemed like the impossible – to one another.” Indigenous, Afro-Indigenous, and Black communities share a collective history of resistance and love and it is important to acknowledge these relationships as Audre Lorde and many other artists discussed in their work. We need to remember that we deserve to be cared for in a world that erases our existences and histories. The intersections between taking care of our bodies, mind, and soul, as well as our loved ones in spaces where white supremacy doesn’t offer respite for BIPOC art creatives, even in times of pandemic, is an everyday struggle.

Beyond Space: A Gathering on Care in Strange Times will hold time, space, and energy to rethink our collective brilliant futures. We will honor the memory of those who are guiding our journeys. We will hold those who need warm blankets. We will take a break from our screens and look up to the stars that protect us. We will breathe, write, dance, sing, draw, bead, and laugh. Laugh a lot. We will simply gather together, beyond digital space, as we always have.

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