Cecilia Bullo, Yvonne Condon, Richard Forrest, Michelle Hall, Vera Klute, Ruth Le Gear, Jane McCormack, David Parnell, Aisling Reina, Katherine Sankey and Suzanne Walsh.
Project Art Centre is thrilled to present Distinct, an exhibition curated by AlanJames Burns which explores the climate crisis through the perspective of disability. Platforming eleven artists whose practices represent the diverse, intersectional voices of the disability arts community, the exhibition navigates how lived experiences of disability can help inform more sustainable ways of living.
Preview and performance by Suzanne Walsh:
7 March 2024, 6.00pm – 8.00pm.
Showing new and reformulated works by Cecilia Bullo, Yvonne Condon, Richard Forrest, Michelle Hall, Vera Klute, Ruth Le Gear, Jane McCormack, David Parnell, Aisling Reina, Katherine Sankey and Suzanne Walsh, Distinct coincides with the launch of Disrupt Disability Arts Festival, Ireland’s new annual disability-led and disability-focused arts festival.
Curated with accessibility in mind, this exhibition represents extensive research into the intersections of climate change, disability, and art. The climate emergency disproportionately affects people with lived experience of disability in various ways, including from lack of accessible climate policy information, vulnerabilities in extreme weather events, and the creation of ‘sustainable’ ways of living that don’t consider the disability experience – known as eco-ableism.
“People with lived experience of disability are routinely and systematically not considered in climate action projects, policies, and discussions, yet people with lived experience of disability have expert skill sets which can be harnessed as catalysts for inclusive climate action including resilience, resourcefulness, community care and the ability to navigate barriers and obstacles. This knowledge can be used to collectively address the precarious environmental position we all find ourselves in.”
– curator AlanJames Burns
Informed by universal design principles, the exhibition’s design, lighting, video and audio elements create a balanced ‘ecosystem’ where works turn on and off in sequence, giving each piece its own space, time and voice. This idea of the ecosystem informs a reflection on the challenges and difficulties of both disability and the climate emergency posing questions around interdependence, unity vs. individuality, and the relationship between time and the body. Visitors will experience the exhibition in its entirety over approximately 25 minutes, with sitting and resting points provided.
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Image credit: Ruth Le Gear
‘Distinct’ is curated by AlanJames Burns, and coincides with the inaugural Disrupt Disability Arts Festival 2024, supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Visual Art Project Award, Dublin City Council, Project Arts Centre and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.