Revealed: performing the disabled body with chronic illness

Paper presentation at ASAP/10, 2018

Bodies with chronic illness may reveal no signs of illness. Bodies with chronic illness are painful, require maintenance, and cost money. Bodies with chronic illness are the subject and the object. Bodies with chronic illness are both embodied and disembodied. They are bodies with technology.

Bodies with chronic illness are disabled bodies. Because bodies with chronic illness have invisible disability, their stories are harder to tell through the visual arts. One way to overcome that barrier is through performance art.

“Revealed: performing the disabled body with chronic illness” is a project that analyzes two contemporary artists with chronic illness in an effort to broaden our current perspectives of complex embodiment, i.e. the fullness of the human condition.

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Awards

ASAP/10 Amy J. Elias Founders Award for conference travel support

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