DIY 14: 2017 - Giovanna Maria Casetta: Help The Aged

Giovanna Maria Casetta at SPILL Festival, comind down a grandiose staircase in a long pink dress

Project summary

Inspired by Pulp’s bleak landscape of old age, I am inviting you to come on a journey and explore the issues that are facing the older generation, who are condemned to a life of loneliness, poverty, labeled useless, rendered invisible and placed on the margins of society, all for being the wrong side of fifty. Why should this happen to us? It is important to focus on creating a positive discourse, writing our own rules and creating an infrastructure to meet our expectations of how to negotiate the territory of ageing.

How to apply

This DIY is aimed at artists who are over fifty or those who identify as older. They may have radical practices and they have been questioned about the appropriateness of continuing to work in this way as they get older. Participants can be at various levels of experience, the novice to the expert - the common denominator being artists that have felt marginalised because of ageing and those that fear this will happen to them.

Via the link below, applicants are required to send a short statement of 200 words stating why they want to take part in “Help the Aged” which demonstrates: experience of feeling marginalised and invisible within society or a fear of encountering this due to ageing, an open mind and a hunger to changing age related invisibility and negativity, a thirst for exploration and discussion of ideas, how the experience will benefit your practice. Please also include a link to your website or recent work, and a brief biography.

This DIY has a limited capacity of 10 participants.

The deadline for applications is Mon 19 June at 12noon.

Extended deadline 3rd July 12noon


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