What is Care? A Photo Exhibition 

In this photovoice exhibition, nine older people from Myanmar living in Mae Sai share their perspectives on their daily lives and what care means to them, shedding light on the importance of nature and religion. This participatory project was part of Samia Akhter-Khan’s PhD project and co-produced with Ben Lu, a 60-year-old woman from Myanmar living in Mae Sai. Pre- and post-comparisons of loneliness show that older people felt less lonely after the project, suggesting that photovoice may function as an intervention for loneliness among older migrants. The exhibition was curated by participants themselves, was exhibited live in Mae Sai and London, and is divided into four parts. The first part focuses on the definition of care and visualizes how older people provide for others

Care and Nature

Part 2 of the exhibition shows how care is not only provided to other people but also to the environment. People care for and about nature by planting trees and growing vegetables. Being in nature has mental health benefits as it makes people feel at ease and helps relieve their worries and stress. As children and the government cannot be relied upon to provide care, older migrants from Myanmar need to rely on themselves, nature, and God

Care and Spirituality

Part 3 focuses on the relationship between care, religion, and spiritual beliefs. As Buddhists, the afterlife can be prepared for by praying, meditating, providing offerings, and doing good deeds. Care for spirits, care for others, and volunteering results in good Karma and a better afterlife. In a sense, providing care for other people, the environment, spirits, and the community becomes a form of self-care, for the present life and the afterlife

Personal Insights

The final part of the exhibition shows insights into people’s individual experiences and lives, reflecting examples of care, and how nature and religion are important avenues for realizing care and preparing for the afterlife. Each person participating has their own view on and message about what is meaningful and important for them in older age

What Does it Mean to Visualize Care?

A panel with multiple scholars, activists, and practitioners and two graphic designers (Anne Dubos and A Visual) wonder what does it mean to visualize care?

Students Doc Festival

In Fall 2021 undergraduate students at Duke in the class of “Women At Work” and “Women and the Political Process” had the option to produce a short documentary video, instead of writing the paper. Here is the graphic recording of a few documentaries presented

Aesthetics and Politics: Technologies of Care

How do we visualize care from below and above? How technology can help us in visualizing and connecting?

Digital Care and the Human Body

How algorithms trap the body? This panel explored the opacity of care, its ambivalences and the potentiality of new struggles. Here the graphic recording

Alternative Approaches to Economics and Labor

This panel aimed to analyze what alternative approaches to economics and labor would entail. From reconceptualizing work to re-counting its value. Here the graphic recording

Terms That Serve Us

Virtual care lab is organized by Sara Suárez and Alice Yuan Zhang in partnership with NAVEL, a non-profit cultural organization and community space in Los Angeles

Queer Care

Imagining care beyond heteronormative and nuclear household. What is trans care? Graphic recording of the panel on Queer Care during 2022 “Visualizing Care. Imaginaries & Infrastructures” conference

Politics of Care

What democracy can be? What is a radical politics? Graphic recording by A Visual Approach on the politics of care