An Exhibition Project of the Women's Caucus for Art
This exhibition will take place during the 2015 WCA National Conference in New York City that explores access and difference in its many forms. All self-identified women artists are invited to submit original 2D and 3D artworks, documentation of community art and collaborative projects. There will also be opportunities for live performance.
Disability challenges all facets of art and its accessibility: experiencing art, art education, interacting with art(ists), and art making. What are new ways of seeing, hearing, experiencing, and witnessing artwork? In the past, disability has functioned as a metaphor to signify tragedy, injury, oppression, and lack. Disabled people in representation held the space of the plucky survivor, the trickster figure, and the liminal shadow. In more recent decades, different perspectives with different cultural frameworks are emerging in the broader community.
How do artists find space, time and audiences for expressing artful differences, whether these differences be physical, cognitive, emotional or sensory? How do forms of difference encourage new connections, new conceptions of what it means to be alive, to be in community, to be alone, to be part of the wider world? How do different experiences of the world re-shape what art can mean? How do conceptions of race, gender, class, settler/native status, and sexuality become more powerfully expressed when combined with disability or vice versa? We welcome engagement on this topic under the widest possible umbrella.
Juror: Petra Kuppers
Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist and a community artist. She teaches in performance and disability studies at the University of Michigan. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias Performance Research Series, and Olimpias workshops, installations, performances and exhibitions have been created and shown in Europe, the US, New Zealand and Australia. The Olimpias projects are community-based, collaborative, and deal with disability culture issues (more info at www.umich.edu/~petra). Petra’s books include Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge (Routledge, 2003), The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art (Minnesota, 2007) and Community Performance: An Introduction (Routledge, 2007). She has also co-edited with Gwen Robertson The Community Performance Reader (Routledge, 2007).
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