Economies of Care

Economies of Care is a digital, multimedia project that explores meaningful approaches and empathetic ideas around care and ethical labour practices across communities.

Driven by the experiences and stories of Care Workers as well as broader strategies of support inherent to the domestic realm, Economies of Care invites artists to examine the social and political impact of care both within and beyond domestic space. The project features a commissioned essay by writer and editor Tiana Reid, new works by artist and organizer Kara Manso and social practice artist and educator Serena Lee, as well as digital presentations of works by interdisciplinary artist Florence Yee, and curatorial project by writer and curator Erica Cristobal.

Economies of Care is presented in collaboration with the City of Mississauga and Public Volumes, which broadly addresses the concept of spatial justice through multi-site exhibitions, writing and public programming. Economies of Care also anticipates the upcoming Koffler Gallery exhibition, Undomesticated, which brings together a range of works by Canadian artists who subvert domestic objects and the settings of dwelling spaces, revealing the flawed human attempts at achieving a sense of belonging.


July 2019

Erica Cristobal, Serena Lee, Kara Manso, Tiana Reid, Florence Yee

Curator: Letticia Cosbert Miller 

Design: Natasha Whyte-Gray


Erica Cristobal

Erica Cristobal is an independent curator and writer based in Toronto. She currently works in the Education department at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Serena Lee

Serena Lee’s practice stems from a fascination with polyphony and its radical potential. Recent projects have been realized with Cubitt (London), transmediale (Berlin), Whitechapel Gallery (London), and Vtape (Toronto); as part of international feminist collective, Read-in; and in collaboration with Christina Battle as SHATTERED MOON ALLIANCE. Serena holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and is a researcher in the PhD-in-Practice Programme at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Serena was born in Toronto and is third generation Chinese-Canadian. |

Kara Manso

Kara Manso is a former caregiver, a community organizer at Caregivers Action Centre and multi-disciplinary artist. She centers her works around her lived experiences as a caregiver in the struggles to stay in Canada and fight for decent work and permanent immigration status. | @karamanzzz

Tiana Reid

Writer, editor at The New Inquiry, and PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. |

Florence Yee

Florence Yee is a 2.5 generation, Cantonese-struggling visual artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Their interest in Cantonese-Canadian history has informed an art practice examining diasporic subjectivities through the lens of gender, racialization, queerness and language. Notable exhibitions include Sino(n)-Québécoise? at Centre Never Apart and Le Salon at Articule, as well as exhibitions at the Gardiner Museum (2019), A Space (2019), Art Mûr (2018), the Karsh-Masson Gallery (2017), Studio XX (2016). They have participated in residencies at the Gay Archives of Quebec, the John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery, La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and, the Ottawa School of Art, and the Fine Arts Reading Room. Having graduated with a BFA from Concordia University, they are now pursuing an MFA at OCAD U in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design as a SSHRC recipient and Delaney Scholar. They are represented by Studio Sixty-Six. |