29 January 2022

Cultures in Conversation

Practices of Care and Commoning

29 January 2022 | Off-Site

Starts 4:30 pm

Ends 6:00 pm

Venue Off-Site


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This conversation between thinkers and practitioners across different geopolitical realities will revolve around the concept of interdependence and how it can play an active part in rethinking the constitutive role of institutions, architecture, art or public health infrastructures. Concrete examples will be discussed about how can one nurture practices of care, what an ecology of a caring practice means, when and on what terms can it be understood as a sustainable practice. Many sources and tools for thinking and working with the concept of interdependence reside in situated knowledges drawn from millennium old healing, ecological, divination and other communal practices. The speakers will explore in what ways could these gestures be part of a larger movement that rethinks our systems of production, distribution and mutual solidarity especially in the domain of contemporary art.

Participants: Nada Raza, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Adib Dada, Paky Vlassopoulou and Léuli Eshrāghi

Location: DP World Pavilion, Opportunity District, Expo 2020.


- Artistic Intervention by 3 137
- Opening Remarks by Nada Raza
- Keynote presentation by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
- Case Study Presentations by Adib Dada, Paky Vlassopoulou and Léuli Eshrāghi

Please note: In line with the current Covid-19 guidelines all attendees require a PCR test with a 24 hours validity to enter the venue.

You can also read our Cultures in Conversation blog here, written by Govind Dhar and Reshma Mehra

So, what is Cultures in Conversation?

Commissioned from Alserkal by Expo2020, Cultures in Conversation consists of ten theme weeks of events and interventions that challenge the typical ‘talks’ format. Multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural, the programme unites people who are normally unlikely to even be in the same room—poets, diplomats, theorists, artists, environmental agents of change, academics. Part of Expo’s wider series entitled Programme for People and Planet (PPP),Cultures in Conversation is less about global leaders owning top-down conversation, and more an opportunity for diverse people from around the world to unite, take ownership of a programme, and re-think global issues that have become excruciatingly urgent.