In case you were unable to join us for our tenth Drawing Together event, here is a recap of the exercises we did together.
Our host was Ebru Ustundag, GMIC board member, a critical feminist geographer interested in intersections of health/care and social justice.
Resources of cartoonists of color were shared.
ALA Graphic Novel & Comics Roundtable Black Lives Matter Comics Reading List
Our warm-up exercise was to think about breath/breathing. We started with a quote from 13th-century Persian poet and scholar, Rumi.
For the second exercise, we thought about care as a political act and a commitment, especially during these unprecedented times. As pointed out by feminist, queer and disability activists and scholars, care is always relational (human and non-human ecologies). It also has significant ethical, political, cultural implications.
Our second prompt of the week was to draw in response to the prompt:
“Care as an urgent, practical task.”
Discussion of the drawings participants made led to discussion of a few resources, including:
Ethics of Care, Dependence, Disability by Eva Feder Kittay
Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds by María Puig de la Bellacasa
Complaint as Diversity Work Sara Ahmed. She expands on this topic in her book, Living a Feminist Life
Craftivism and book on the topic.
Sick Woman Theory by Johanna Hedva
Staying with the Trouble by Donna Harroway
We welcome sharing of your drawings on social media, #DrawingTogetherGM!
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