Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying
March 30 - May 13, 2017
Fia Backström, Jesse Cohen and Carolyn Lazard with Canaries, Danilo Correale, Jen Liu, Zavé Martohardjono, Sondra Perry, Cassie Thornton, and Tina Zavitsanos
Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 6 - 9 pm
At EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor
Curated by: Taraneh Fazeli
Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time focuses on how the body is articulated in various discourses oriented around health and proposes that better incorporation of the states of debility, disability, and rest into society (particularly their temporalities) would be resistive to forms of oppression. Whether you currently identify as sick or not, we are all united by the fact that we will experience fluctuating states of debility throughout the course of our lives. Furthermore, so many of us are exhausted from living and working in a capitalist system while insufficient infrastructures for care have further deteriorated. Recognizing that the failures of public health and biomedicine are felt by some disproportionately due to race, class, gender, sexuality, etc., this project provides a platform to explore collective forms of healing to deal with structural processes of exclusion. To this end, artworks dealing with illness, hygiene, fitness, sleep, labor, and wellness culture will be shown at EFA, providing a locus for ongoing conversations about transitional architectures for relief and potential repair.
In order to support creative exchange between existing communities of care in varying contexts, particularly those in red and purple states where poor institutional support syncs with a longstanding ideology of independence, there will be a programming series in Houston, Texas in tandem with the exhibition. The “Warp and Weft of Care” will include public performances and closed-door collaborations between artists from the EFA installation and groups organized around care, including the residency program for young mothers in the historically black neighborhood of Houston’s Third Ward and a support group for recently incarcerated mothers.
Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time is made possible with the generous support of the Idea Fund, the Museum of Fine Art Houston’s Core Program, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.