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Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other
Various Artists

Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other Various Artists

Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other Various ArtistsCare | Contagion | Community — Self & Other
Various Artists


244 pages
170 x 240 mm
ISBN 97818992822


A new anthology bringing together ten artist commissions and twenty-two texts from Autograph’s commissioning programme Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other.

Initiated during the first national lockdown in spring 2020, Autograph commissioned ten UK-based visual artists – Mohini Chandra, Poulomi Desai, Joy Gregory, Othello De’Souza-Hartley, Sonal Kantaria, Ope Lori, Dexter McLean, Karl Ohiri, Silvia Rosi and Aida Silvestri – to create new work responding to the wider contexts of the Covid-19 crisis.

Using primarily photography and film, the artists reflect carefully and critically, often very personally, on the impact of the pandemic, their lived experiences, and the inevitability of change. To contextualise these new artist commissions, we invited ten writers – poets, scholars and curators – to produce a short essay in response, and published a series of interviews with each artist discussing their practice.

Presented together in this beautifully designed book, the texts and artist commissions offer thoughtful reflections on changing conditions of existence: generous invitations to contemplate what it means to be human, and how we might care for one another.

With a new introductory essay Reflections on Creative / Pandemic Time by Autograph’s senior curator Renée Mussai, and Foreword by our director Mark Sealy. Published to accompany the Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other exhibition currently on view at Autograph.

About the Publisher
Established in 1988, Autograph’s mission is to champion the work of artists who use photography and film to highlight questions of race, representation, human rights and social justice. Through doing so, they invite people to explore the creative and critical power of visual representation, in shaping our understanding of ourselves and of others. Every year they engage hundreds of thousands of people locally, nationally and globally at their gallery in London, digitally and through projects in partner spaces.