Thursday, May 5, 2022, 6–8 pm
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York
Dreaming Care into Being is free and open to the public. Space is limited and reservations are required. Register for individual or multiple sessions here.
Kamra Sadia Hakim and Mae Eskenazi engage in a dialogue around receiving care as disabled artists.
Thursdays, April 14–May 5, 2022, 6–8 pm, Dia Chelsea
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 12–2 pm, Judson Memorial Church
Facilitated by artist and Activation Residency founder Kamra Sadia Hakim, Dreaming Care into Being is an experiential learning series celebrating the release of Hakim’s book Care Manual: Dreaming Care into Being. The series comprises five workshops developed in collaboration with a series of guest artists, each exploring themes from the publication. This program is inspired by the framework of transformative justice: praxis ought to align with values, and what you believe is how you show up in the world. Dreaming Care into Being is designed to take participants on a somatic journey through the literary work.
Kamra Sadia Hakim was born in 1992 and hails from O'odham Jeweḍ land, where they cultivated their passion for world-building and writing. Hakim has been featured in publications including ASU News, The Creative Independent, The CUT, VICE, ArtNews, Supermaker, Hooligan Magazine, and Caesar Live N Loud. After graduating from the Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, Hakim carved out a distinct space for themself in the arts industry, founding Activation Residency in 2018; releasing their debut record, Verdant Banks, in 2021; and publishing Care Manual: Dreaming Care into Being in 2022.
Mae Eskenazi (they/them) is an artist and ritualist whose work—which expands across sculptural installation, photography, and video—is invested in the fabrication of memory, pain, pleasure, grief, mourning, and care as ritualistic sites. Their work orients towards the contorted, perverted, impressed-upon disabled transgender body as a site of inquiry, power, and autonomy. Eskenazi has been a resident at Activation Residency, Woodridge, New York, and Picture Berlin, as well as a member of the Digimyths Cohort and Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Digital Cohort. Their work has been shown at Proyectos Galería, Mexico City; Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Scotland; gr___und, Berlin; tête, Berlin; Babycastles, New York; Strange Fire Collective, Denver; and Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle. In 2021 they produced the 5 Indices on a Tortured Body series at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and performed in The Trans Body iteration. Eskenazi hold a BA in Feminist and Gender Studies from Colorado College and they are currently pursuing an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Eskenazi lives and works on occupied Lenape Canarsie lands (Philadelphia and Brooklyn).
Sessions are free. All materials and resources are provided. Copies of Care Manual: Dreaming Care into Being will be available to participants.
Session participants will be joined by an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and a licensed arts therapist.
Dia Chelsea has accessible galleries and gender-neutral bathrooms.
Wheelchairs are available for participant use at Dia Chelsea.
Working assistance and guide animals are permitted at Dia Chelsea.
Hakim acknowledges and thanks disabled Black and brown elders and peers for crafting disability justice praxis to inform this work. They remember “access is love”—the words of Sandy Ho, Mia Mingus, and Alice Wong. They aim to use inclusive language free from jargon and are open to feedback when falling short of this goal. Hakim understands justice as constantly shifting patterns and always changing lived experiences. Their take on justice prioritizes survivors and acknowledges the complexities of healing and exploring pathways to address harm.
Participation is intended to be both fluid and sturdy, shift alongside needs, provide clear pathways for safer engagement, and center the most vulnerable always.
Care Before Impact
Prioritize taking breaks, canceling, and slowing down. Work to hold your own and others’ needs. Without proper care, impact is limited.
Consent No Matter What
No pressure for anything ever. Violating consent comes from a hierarchical history.
Participants are encouraged to actively acknowledge and rectify dynamics and behaviors that challenge and diminish personal autonomy. Each person’s intuition and innate wisdom of their body must be respected.
Solidarity, Not Charity
Reparations are due. Pay up.
No Anti-Blackness Ever
No expression of anti-Blackness will be tolerated.
Center Marginalized Folks
Center survivors, undocumented folks, and sex workers. Value and humanhood are not dictated by capacity. Hakim believes in the wholeness of disability and interdependence.
Honor Land and Water
Acknowledging Indigenous peoples who protect the water and land is crucial. Native Land is a resource. Find out whose land supports you.
There are real structural and capacity limitations to the space that can be held. Hakim is not an expert but rather a curious artist eager to hold space for this work to be done.