This platform, led by Dr Elena Cologni, aims at researching feminist care aesthetics, most recently through the project Mother Art Collective: Towards a Feminist Care Aesthetics, winner of the Getty Research Institute Grant 2023.
Image credit: 'Mother's Tools', © Elena Cologni, 2018 (one of four: wood, steel, custom-made fabric labels, printing tools from the artist’s mother’s embroidery kit, 20cmx20cm each, the artist’s collection. The labels read: CARE AS SUPPORT; RESPONSIVENESS TO NEED; PERSONS ARE RELATIONAL; UBUNTU).
This draws on Dr Cologni’s previous research practice and publications on care ethics, motherhood and situated approaches. These include:
Cologni, E. (2023) 'Towards a Feminist Care Aesthetics (To Put Every Meaning Up-down, Behind-front, Top-bottom), in Maternity and Care’ colloquium at Drew University (NY) with van Nistelrooij, I., and Miller, M., chaired by Visse, M.
Cologni, E. (2020) 'Caring-With Dialogic Sculptures. A Post-Disciplinary Investigation into Forms of Attachment', PsicoArt – Rivista Di Arte E Psicologia, 10(10), pp. 19-64. Available at: https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.2038-6184/11444
Practices of care as ecofeminist and spatialized art (Artist International Development Fund, Arts Council England and British Council 2018/19; Artist-Newsletter Bursary 2019; Quality Research funding, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, ARU) on women, labour and architecture. Including Elena Cologni: Pratiche di Cura o Del Cur(v)are, solo show (2021) curator Gabi Scardi, at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice.
CARE: From periphery to centre, for the 250th anniversary of Homerton College (University of Cambridge), resulting in a permanent sculptural commission (Research Excellence Framework 2021 submission) including Keene, M., Held, V., Cunningham, P., Scardi, G. and Cologni, E. (2020) 'CARE: From periphery to centre', Homerton College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. Documentation available at: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706144/