For a Walk With… addresses the politics of care and housing in the Westminster. Through the three years of the project, the artist documented everyday life in the care homes as they underwent a process of privatisation. Running workshops, collaboratively producing maps, drawings, post cards and a film with workers and residents, Anton Kats observed the different speeds in the care home, from the fast-paced workers being juxtaposed with the mostly seated residents listening to the radio or watching television. He took many walks with the residents and care workers in order to explore how through walking, both as part of the everyday routine of the care home and in the surrounding neighbourhood, there can be a point of departure to work together on the issues of care, dementia and redevelopment.
Through the project the politics of care and redevelopment became linked to issues of memory and the inclusion of the residents and care workers in the decision-making processes concerning changes in the neighbourhood. The residues and the outcomes of the project find their form in walks, films, screening and events, social interactions, discussions, photography and maps.
The film For a Walk With... will be launched in 2017.
Anton Kats (b.1983, Ukraine) is an artist, musician and dancer. Anton's practice derives from informal everyday relationships within a vibrant neighbourhood in Kherson, Ukraine and is complemented through necessity and pragmatics of self-legalisation in Europe via entering formal institutions of education. After attending masters programmes in Art in Context at the University of Arts Berlin and Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at Goldsmiths College, Kats continued his studies through a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2016 Kats was invited to join the aneducation team of documenta14 as an artist and is currently working between Kassel and Athens.