Join us for the first in a series of free reading group sessions hosted by CCP, and conceived by the collective Eso- Dia-. These sessions respond to the themes of current exhibitions held at CCP.
In the loving and open spirit of Midsumma, Eso- Dia- are calling out to all our communities to join us in a discussion of the text “Caring Kinships” written by the Care Collective (Andreas Chatzidakis, Jamie Hakim, Jo Littler, Catherine Rottenberg, and Lynne Segal).
In forming queer families it is impossible not to question the limiting structures produced by the conventional, heteronormative, nuclear white family. Using the text “Caring Kinships” as a jumping-off point, Eso- Dia- seeks to extend this questioning. Responding to the themes of family and motherhood running through the current exhibitions at CCP, this collective reading and discussion focuses on mothering, as acts of care, as opposed to motherhood, a state of being that is often conflated with women who care for children. By focusing on mothering as a way of being-with we are able to examine kinship expressions that also extend to animals, plants and materials, and that transcend gender and biology.
“Caring Kinships” written by the Care Collective is available here.
Eso- Dia-is a collective and ongoing collaboration between artists Renée Ugazio and Clare Humphries. We create playful opportunities for conversation through publications, reading communities and gatherings that aim to collaboratively expand material, queer and decolonial modes of thinking and doing. The collective takes its name from the prefixes eso- and dia- denoting ideas of moving inwards, within, across and through. Eso- Dia- leans in to hear the quiet conversations between people, materials, places and ideas, and embraces opportunities to explore gaps, contradictions and questions.