CARE, careing is important is a research work carried out by the artist Ana Álvarez-Errecalde . It consists of a photographic series that portrays care relationships around dependency and disability, and collects testimonies from the people portrayed as well as the insights that the interaction with each one of the people portrayed provoked in the artist.
The objective of the project is to investigate the precarious economy of the caregiver sector; raise who cares for caregivers and the effects of care in solitude. By giving visibility to different life experiences, it aims to replace the value that care has at the historical and social levels.
CARE is a counter-response to the cultural imaginary that portrayed disability and dependence from ridicule, caricature and derision (for example in painting: Velázquez and Alfred Kubin; and in photography: Diane Arbus and Mary Ellen Mark). “This project aims to reverse the connotation of dependency as marginality, embodiment of evil and punishment, with images that consider and prioritize the dignity of each human being.”
“Work produced with the support of a 2019 Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators, BBVA Foundation”