The Museum of Care
Episode 9 features Nika Dubrovsky on creating The Museum of Care and how to build a society built on the principles of care. You can listen on your chosen podcast app, or listen on the Platform Enterprise Youtube channel.
Nika Dubrovsky has been working at the intersection of anarchy, community and climate justice for years with her art. She often worked in tandem with her husband, the anarchist anthropologist, David Graeber. In this interview, Nika discusses The Museum of Care, the last project she started with David before his untimely death. She goes on to explore how society can organise around the principles of caregiving as a means of escaping patriarchal capitalism.
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Nika Dubrovsky was born in 1967 in Leningrad, USSR. She grew up among the artistic bohemia of the late USSR within the unofficial cultural scenes of squats and samizdat. Having immigrated to the West in 1990, Nika was formed in a contradictory space of hierarchical practices of contemporary art and the open-source/blogging culture of early 2000.
Nika wrote for e-flux, artnet, colta, moscow Художественный Журнал and others. As an artist, she has exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, St. Petersburg Manège. Russia, GaleriaNova Zagreb, Croatia, ShowRoom Gallery London, UK, MediaUdar, Moscow, Russia and other places. Her books within the project of A4kids.org have been published in Finnish, English, Russian, German and Polish.
In a series of articles #artcommunism, written in collaboration with her husband, David Graeber, she reflects on the possibility of a world in which the very idea of having an SV becomes meaningless: a world where everyone could become an artist. After her husband, David Graeber, unexpected death in 2020, Nika and friends organized Carnival4David to celebrate his life and mourn his death, which took place in 250 places worldwide. Carnival4David was transformed into an informal community: Museum of Care that combines off-line residencies and many on-line projects; all run DIY by the people who join the network.