Disability, intersectional identities and the arts
Watch the recorded EQUALITY session (with captions and BSL):
Sonya Dyer is an artist, writer and occasional curator from London and is currently a Somerset House Studio Resident. Her practice manifests itself through the ‘And Beyond Institute for Future Research’ – a peripatetic think tank concerned with the creation of possible futures. Recent projects include ‘In Some Far Off Place…,’ (Cubitt Gallery, London, 2018), ‘The Claudia Jones Space Station’ (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The New Bridge Project, Newcastle, 2017), ‘Into the Future’ (Primary, Nottingham, 2015) and ‘At the Intersections’ (Nottingham Contemporary, 2015). Sonya has recently participated at events at venues including the Royal College of Art, Iniva, the International Slavery Museum and University College London. She has contributed to numerous publications including Frieze, Contemporary and a-n online and Petunia. Sonya is a previous Artsadmin Artist Bursary Scheme recipient, and was a 2011-12 Whitney Museum of American Art: Independent Study Program Fellow. She is co-Artistic Advisor of Syllabus IV, an alternatively produced collaborative learning programme led by Wysing Art Centre. sonyadyerprojects.wordpress.com/
Tarik Elmoutawakil is a Producer and Events Manager at The Marlborough. He’s become synonymous with The Marlborough having worked there since 2001. Starting out as casual bar staff, by 2008 he took an ambitious leap of faith to hold the reigns of running The Marlborough Theatre, and has never looked back.
Marlene Le Roux is currently the CEO of Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa. She is the first person of colour and also the first woman to fill this position. Marlene joined Artscape as Director of Audience Development & Education in 2001. Marlene has goes to great lengths to bring the people to the theatre and to take theatre to rural areas and communities. Marlene is a motivational speaker and speaks out for the rights of women, children and disabled people. She conceptualised and edited a book on women with disabilities called ‘Look at Me’ published by Genugtig in 2008. Marlene has won many awards including: the Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year Award 1998 (Art category); Desmond Tutu Legendary Award 2001; The City of Cape Town Mayoral Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Contribution Played in the Role of Enhancing Women’s, Youth and Disability Issues and CEO Magazine Award SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2010. www.artscape.co.za/
Michael Turinsky lives and works as a choreographer, performer and theoretician in Vienna. He is interested in an extensive engagement with the specific phenomenology of the body labelled as “disabled”, its relationship to temporality and rhythm, affect and affect production, gender and sexuality, visibility and invisibility; and in a rigorous engagement with discourses around the productive tension between politics and aesthetics. From 1998 to 2005 he studied philosophy at the University of Vienna. As a performer he has collaborated with Bert Gstettner (‘S*Cargo’, ‘Soliman*Revisited’,’Tanz*Hotel All*Inclusive’), Barbara Kraus (‘Fuck all that shit’), Legitimate Bodies/Robin Dingemans/Mick Bryson (‘The point at which it last made sense’) and Doris Uhlich (‘Ravemachine’). His main choreographic works include ‘heteronomous male’ (2012), ‘my body, your pleasure’ (2014), as well as his latest works ‘Second Skin – turn the beat around’, ‘Second Skin – Master of Ceremony’ (both 2016) and ‘REVERBERATIONS’ (2018). Michael has lectured and led workshops at many universities and is published in various journals.
Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi was born and raised in Taiwan and began schooling in the US at age 16. As a disabled artist, her practice focuses on wearable objects made to explore identity, intimacy, desire and sexuality of the disabled body/mind; and the aesthetics cultivated by the care relationships within disability culture and community. Sandie received a MA in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from University of California Berkeley. She writes about disability representations within the field of performance arts, art therapy and museum studies. She is a PhD candidate in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her practice and research interests include, Disability Arts and Culture; arts-based research, and arts administration (access design and programming for arts and cultural venues); and social justice based art therapy. Currently, she is writing a dissertation on fashion and disability (Crip Couture). www.cripcouture.org
Dr Cecilia Wee is Head of Artist Development at Artsadmin, co-delivery partners of Unlimited. Cecilia is a curator, educator and researcher who grew up in Thatcher’s London, passionate about projects that investigate the role of art and design in creating a more equitable society, working with experimental sound, performance, visual art and design practices. From 2011-18, she was Tutor (Specialism: Sound Design) at the School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. Cecilia’s independent curatorial and editorial projects explore definitions of public sphere, economic systems, relationships with technology, environmental change, security and dialogue, working with organisations such as Akademie der Künste Berlin and Tate Public Programmes. Cecilia wrote her DPhil on the documentation of live art at University of Sussex. She has lectured widely, including at Anti-University London, University of California Berkeley, and Paju Typography Institute Korea. Cecilia is Chair of the Live Art Development Agency and part of the core group behind the Radical Renewable Art and Activism Fund.