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‘Stories of Care’ is an evolution of a community storytelling project that started at North York Community House. The aim of the Stories of Care program was to capture and amplify the stories of Filipina essential workers and caregivers, and the impact of the pandemic on them. The project revealed stories of employment, unemployment, family, grief, healing, community and resilience.

Through DesignTO, ‘Stories of Care’ has evolved into an installation to inspire conversations across generations and identities. ‘Stories of Care’ will showcase the stories of 5 Filipinas through the visual work of 3 Filipinx artists. This work is intended to spark conversations and inform viewers about the stories of many Filipino immigrants on the frontlines of taking care of Canadians through the pandemic.

‘Stories of Care’ is a collaborative project presented by the Department of Imaginary Affairs. The project would not be possible without the vulnerability, joy, generosity of time and care for the community that has been shared by Leny Rose, Ollie Dela Cruz, Gretchen Mangahas, Elda Almario, Elvin Velasco, Carmina Miana, Mary Joy Pascua and Lilibeth Galapon. ‘Stories of Care’ is made in tribute to the Filipinx caregivers and migrant workers we have lost in 2020.

Background

How we care for each other, for ourselves and how we let others care for us is changing. Now more than ever, we are rethinking how we care. During this ongoing pandemic, we are all having to adapt.

Some of us are holding on to what we valued in the past, some of us are living in the present, some of us are imagining the future, and some of us are doing all at the same time.

In our own ways, we are all in an ever-changing process of surviving, changing, grieving, healing and recovering.

With an invitation to participate in DesignTO festival 2021, two new projects were born to look at how care is evolving in our society and communities. These installations are part research, part art, part discovery, part self-care, part community-care. The DesignTO installation will run from Jan 22 – February 28, 2021.

‘Stories of Care’ is a tribute and statement to the role that Filipina caregivers, frontline and essential workers in taking care of us before, during and after the pandemic. The 3 visual art installations created are inspired by the stories of 5 caregivers who represent the many facets of what it means to be Filpina caregiver in Canada and the joy, sorrow and love that is a part of that experience.

“Care | Past, Present, Future” is a collaboration piece that is a reflection tool and art piece. This piece captures the ever-evolving versions of care and how they are changing at an extremely rapid pace because of COVID.

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