care: work a photo exhibition displayed on LinkNYC

care:work is a new national initiative to foreground the importance of caregiving in our homes, institutions, schools, and communities.  Whether they are professionals or family members, caregivers are essential workers that are increasingly critical to our quality of life. Too often they have been invisible, care: work is delighted to collaborate with artists on this exhibition to recognize and share their importance.

care: work a photo exhibition displayed on LinkNYC

care:work is a new national initiative to foreground the importance of caregiving in our homes, institutions, schools, and communities.  Whether they are professionals or family members, caregivers are essential workers that are increasingly critical to our quality of life. Too often they have been invisible, care: work is delighted to collaborate with artists on this exhibition to recognize and share their importance.

care:work 
a photo exhibition displayed on LinkNYC
May 1- May15, 2021  
Brooklyn, NY
Portraits of Volunteers and Essential Workers 
by Anna and Jordan Rathkopf
The urgency and intensity of the Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the essential role of caregivers in the health, family life, community, and economy of the United States.  In every city and neighborhood large and small, caregivers may be volunteers, relatives, or professionals and are often people of color and frequently immigrants from the global south.  

For over a year, photographers
Anna and Jordan Rathkopf have been photographing care workers in their Brooklyn community.  They have captured the diversity and commitment of these local heroes, many of whom are volunteering their time outside of their normal work lives. 

LinkNYC
is sharing these photographs on selected digital billboards throughout the City as an inspiration for New Yorkers emerging from a harrowing year.  

INSTALLATION
care:work was founded and is directed by Eric Siegel, a longtime museum leader with a long standing interest in social activism.  He is the recipient of multiple awards for exhibitions and programs in the New York City area, and now lives and works in Oakland, CA.  

The
LinkNYC exhibition is produced by Deborah Schwartzthe East Coast Producer for care:work.  Deborah is a recognized leader in the field of museum education, and President of Brooklyn Historical Society from 2006 to 2020. She is now a consultant, assisting cultural institutions with community partnerships, governance, and program planning. 


care:work was developed in conversation with the National Domestic Workers Alliance who has inspired the team with their effective activism and message of love and care. 

care:work has grown to include people working with a multitude of organizations, large and small, who have made community building the central tenet of their work. 

You can learn more about the organizations represented in this campaign here.

care: work can be contacted via Eric Siegel.

ARTISTS 

 Anna and Jordan Rathkopf create visual narratives focused on issues of identity, health, and what it means to be part of a community. During the height of Covid-19 in NYC in April 2020, The Rathkopfs combed the hardest-hit neighborhoods of Brooklyn to document the diverse network of people devoting their time, energy, and hearts to the thousands of people who were in desperate need of their help.

Over the past year, they have photographed and recorded the voices of over one- hundred and fifty volunteers working with 18 different organizations in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. 
They note: "We've witnessed so many incredible people step up for their community. They haven't asked for recognition, fame, or payment.  It has been a selfless act of solidarity embodied by people from all kinds of backgrounds."  Anna added: ”As an immigrant woman, I have been so inspired by the many women organizers I have met throughout this project, many of whom are immigrants or first-generation."

ARTWORK WITH AUDIO
Sabia
Raised over $40,000 to provide food and cash relief to support her Bangladeshi community in Kensington.
PLAY SABIA'S AUDIO
WHITNEY
Helped raise $300,000 to provide over 20,000 free grocery boxes to neighbors throughout southern Brooklyn.
PLAY WHITNEY'S AUDIO
Fabiola
Raised over $35,000 for direct relief to aid immigrant communities in Sunset Park with immediate basic needs.
JOSH
Teaches special education and delivers meals door-to-door in Bensonhurst.
PLAY JOSH'S AUDIO
Nowshin 
Turned her restaurant into a food distribution center serving low-income residents in Little Pakistan.
PLAY NOWSHIN'S AUDIO
SHMUEL AND YAAKOV
Brothers who helped distribute food in Brighton Beach During Ramadan.
PLAY SHMUEL AND YAAKOV'S AUDIO
Mathylde
Distributed meals to seniors in Coney Island.

PLAY MATHYLDE'S AUDIO

Tina + Theresa
Provided care packages with food and necessities to families in Bay Ridge and other parts of Brooklyn.
PLAY THERESA'S AUDIO
Muneca
Delivered food to essential workers at Coney Island medical clinics.
PLAY MUNECA'S AUDIO
JASON
Volunteers by packaging food in Sunset Park. 
PLAY AUDIO
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