Practices of Care

 

2021 / 2022

Practices of Care is a small collective project in which three other makers and I practice doing embodied research into our ways of care.  My personal journey on care has been researched by connecting to a “plant ally”, which is a practice taken from my Urban Herbology Apprenticeship.

How do you care? At first, the concept of "care" seems quite straightforward, but when you unpack its meaning, both historically as in present times, it is actually quite ambiguous.

Practices of Care has been the start of my research into this subject and has led me to the concept of Radical care, which has been discussed, practices and researched by many artist, activist and scholars over the last couple of years.

In this collaboration, I have chosen to focus on the relation I have with my self, through the connection to another being; the Stinging nettle. Connecting on this more-than-human level by foraging, speaking to, cooking with, meditating and writing to, has forced me to slow down, when creating about and with the plant. I have kept a journal of our moments together and made a short film to celebrate our connection.

Below you will find the photos of our collective dinner performance "Practices of Care" and pieces from my work "The Nettle and Me"

This project has been put together in collaboration with:

Parel Strik - www.parelstrik.nl

Clara Hermssen @einclarahimmel

Senna Gebbink @sennagebbink