In case you were unable to join us for our fifth Drawing Together event, here is a recap of the exercises we did together.
Our host was Ebru Ustundag, a GMIC board member and a critical feminist geographer interested in intersections of health/care and social justice.
Our warm-up exercise was to think about how spaces and temporalities have been shifting during the Covid-19 pandemic. During these unprecedented times, our bodies are navigating in everyday spaces in novel ways, and our relationships with ourselves, our bodies, and others have been significantly altered. In this exercise, we were asked to think about the body (human and non-human) as a site of contested socio-spatial relations, representations, performance and subjectivities (gender, sexuality, size, shape, class, health, illness and disAbilities). Feminist and queer scholars have argued that bodies are sites of governing, discipline and control but also sites of resistance and resilience. For five minutes, we were asked to draw a body that we relate as an important site of resistance and resilience.
For the second exercise, we were asked to make an illustrated map of our emotional landscapes by especially paying attention to the sounds and smells. We were asked to treat this illustrated map as a special guide to be gifted to our loved ones during these difficult times to find us. The good news of this exercise was the rigid and scientific rules of cartography didn’t apply!!