Hangover Reading Club #13 - On Caring and Dementia

The next edition of Trafó Gallery's Hangover Reading Club will be held from 11.30 am on 19 November 2022 (Saturday). The reading session, realized in the frameworks of the event series Support Structures will be lead by critic and literary historian Teri Szűcs.

The reading session will explore processes of care, with a special focus on caring for people with dementia, through visual arts, anthropology and autobiographical literature. In line with the approach of queer theory, the discussion will interpret the condition resulting from dementia not as a process of some kind of deterioration or peripherality, but as a critical attitude, and even as an opportunity and a certain kind of force. The experience of caring for people with dementia makes it clear that, rather than a normative and oppressive conception of the 'healthy' person without fractures, accepting the decentralised and fragmented nature of the interpersonal relationships leads us closer to understanding the other (and ourselves). 

The discussions in the frameworks of the reading session will revolve around video pieces by visual artist Danica Knezevic, as well as around texts Dementia and the Gender Trouble?: Theorising Dementia (2018) by Linn J. Sandberg and Janelle S. Taylor's On Recognition, Caring, and Dementia (2008), as well as some texts from the blog Memory Returns to Me written by Teri Szűcs.

The reading session is part of the event series entitled Support Structures, curated by Flóra Gadó and Judit Szalipszki, related to the first two, thematically interrelated exhibitions of the 2022/23 season, exploring strategies and coping mechanisms associated with different forms of care.  Ranging from self-care to collective healing processes, the series not only reflects on the paradigm shift in the fields of illness, healing and care, which has become even more relevant since the Covid19 pandemic, but also seeks to present possible alternatives to alleviate the crisis.
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