Defiça Portrayals: a Brazilian Gaze on Disability
Portraits of Brazil with Disabilities Collective Artists
November 22-26, 2022
Satellite Project Space
121 Dundas St
Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm, Saturday 12-5pm
Reception (in person and virtual): November 26, 5-7pm
Being an intrusive body in an art gallery is a common sentiment for people with disabilities, just as it is in museums, theatres, auditoriums, and libraries that are designed to contemplate normative bodies and minds. This exhibition claims the disruptive presence of bodies and minds with a disability as a transformative opportunity for artworks, artistic practices, and forms of access to visual culture. Inspired by the principles of disability justice, the 11 portraits in the exhibition are the result of collaborative creations that explore different Brazilian sociopolitical contexts. In them, the intrusive bodies are the protagonists of new ways of (re)presenting themselves, participating simultaneously as artists, subjects, and audiences. As a project originating from the global south, this exhibition itself intrudes into the Canadian artistic scene, with the intent of bringing new perspectives to conversations around visual culture, authorship, and disability.
During the exhibition we will have a workshop with Dr. Jenelle Rouse, a Deaf performer. It will take place on November 22, 4pm – 6:30pm/7pm. Cross Cultural Body-Movement Dance – No music. No words. No sound. Yet, an intuitive exploration of how we create a shared language in our stories of different lived experiences with the incorporation of top four elements.