Public presentations of the botiquín.
Presentation at the Reina Sofía museum.
To close the program of workshops and visits made, connecting the different institutions and associations that have participated in the program, on Saturday, June 12, the Reina Sofía Museum welcomed us again for the public presentation of the botiquín. An encounter within the framework of a conversation between the philosopher Marina Garcés and the theologian and activist Pepa Torres . On the occasion of the activities organized by Museo Situado around the celebration of the Picnic del Barrio.
Below we collect some of the reflections that emerged in the dialogue between Marina and Pepa.
“I am disturbed by a feeling that makes me think all we can do is take care of a sick world, that we can only dedicate ourselves to curing the damage done by our system, by our ways of life. A feeling that also makes me think we only conceive these ways of life as irreparably harmful, and that our commitment makes us have to go after that damage done trying to alleviate its effects on our bodies and our lives”.
“What is serious for me is in the wound of a world without remedy, the feeling of irreversibility, of being in what has no remedy. To go beyond the medical metaphor, and understanding that care goes beyond the clinical, we need to understand this medicine cabinet as a box of remedies, in the senses that this word has – the remedy – like the ability to intervene, correct, welcome, transform, introduce favorable changes, divergences, and resources. To reduce that distance that hurts us and that there is between what we can say and what we can do”.
Some moments during the presentation and the dialogue between Marina Garcés and Pepa Torres.
“We have the task of forcing the unprecedented and making it viable because the life that we intertwine with others goes into this, with whom we want to build a common and before a system that wants us fragmented and alone. I propose some essential tools and strategies to generate these spaces of solidarity and recognition in a context, such as Madrid, of growing inequality”.
“Orienting oneself in company: sharpening the sensitivity to capture and detect realities, places, and groups that show us the warmth that sustains life.”
“Practice welcome and hospitality without admission rights: from an attitude of recognition and mutual need.”
“Organize ourselves in defense of common goods: recognizing the other in an enabling way, not in its lack but its possibility.”
“Putting care at the center: understanding care as a political category, from the most personal to the most structural spheres.”
Yannick, Justi, Adam and Traore during the presentation at Antonio Machado’s Casa Vedruna and at SERCADE.
Presentation at SERCADE and Casa Vedruna.
We had the words of Marina and Pepa still echoing in our heads and our little chest-monument full of remedies for Madrid. We did not want to close this first edition of the program without visiting two places that had been key in the process: SERCADE and the Casa Vedruna in Antonio Machado. These two meetings would be the occasion to give us a time of leisurely and informal chat, take stock, evaluate and do a few last dances to the rhythm of the botiquín.
Part of the team in the kitchen of Antonio Machado’s Casa Vedruna on the day of the presentation.